Sept. 30 – There aren’t enough trucks to ship Washington’s record apple crop.
At the height of the season, more than 2,500 trucks a week leave Washington apple shipping docks. While truck shortages often come just before the holidays, it’s uncommon to be short of trucks this early, reports the Wenatchee Valley Traffic Assn.
Normally, wholesale fruit buyers arrange transportation. But the truck shortage is putting pressure on local fruit shippers to come up with transportation.
“Truckers aren’t just sitting by the side of the road listening to their CBs,” broker Jack Schmaltz told the Associated Press. “They’re tuned in to the Internet. They’ve got cellular phones. They know where they have to go to make the most money.”