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Truckers Needed – And Food Distribution is Just One Reason

Touch the Soil News #1158 (Feature photo Refer Truck – CCA SA 4.0 International ) Travel on any Interstate highway near a large city and notice the number of refer trucks. You can tell they are refrigerated because they have an external cooling unit on the front of the trailer and an extra fuel tank underneath to keep it going. The demand is in part driven by on-line buying and shipping to your house. Will higher delivery costs create economic problems for companies like Amazon? The need for truck drivers has been up for over a year, but not enough drivers are coming forward. Estimates are that there is a…

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Trucker Shortage?

Touch the Soil News #904 (Feature photo –- CCA SA 4.0 International) News pieces have surfaced frequently the last few years about the tightening market for truck drivers. The DAT Company reports that at the end of 2017, there were over 12 loads waiting to be shipped for every truck available. According to DAT, truck rates were at $2.11 per mile at the end of 2015. The rate increased to $2.33 per mile at the end of 2016 and up to $2.46 per mile at the end of 2017. These rate increases translate into a 17 percent increase over the past two years. Refrigerated trucks make up a larger percentage…

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