SC Trucking Association urges holiday shoppers to start early
The South Carolina Trucking Association has announced that it will start holiday shopping early, with the shortage of truck drivers still impacting the country.
COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Trucking Association (SCTA) is warning holiday shoppers to start shopping early. The agency said the current shortage of truck drivers could lead to shipping delays, as in 2020.
“I’m going to be going to the malls this year because last year was zero,” said Stefanie Ross, Shopper. “Because of the shortage of trucks, truckers and there’s just a lot of restraint on stuff. Amazon doesn’t push like it used to. You pay for amazon prime and you don’t get your stuff like you’re supposed to anymore. . “
For Columbia resident Bret Mealing, Christmas shopping started in August.
“It’s over,” Mealing said. “We heard about a lot of issues from people getting products, and having so many issues this year, we wanted to be ahead and have everything ready to go.”
He told News19 that with a shortage of truck drivers and other shipping delays, plan ahead and don’t wait.
“You don’t know what’s going on or if it’s going to happen, then you better go about it,” Mealing said.
SCTA President and CEO Rick Todd said that with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday happening this weekend, people should take the opportunity to get their gifts on time.
“Store shelves, probably in most cases, will be leaner, options will be fewer, and they won’t be able to replenish that stock as quickly as they usually could,” Todd said.
He said truck drivers still had to transport goods from ports and warehouses to the company.
“It’s nowhere near where it needs to be,” Todd said. “We still have a significant shortage of drivers.”
He explained that not many people want to be CDL drivers, and for those who do, they don’t have enough experience to be hired.
“The demand is such that everyone is scrambling right now,” Todd said. “Insurance companies really don’t want to cover novice drivers. They really require drivers to have at least 23 years or at least 2 years of experience. So how do you get experience if you can’t get a job? How do you get a job if you don’t have experience? So it’s like a chicken and an egg, and a wrestling situation 22. “
To help alleviate the truck driver and supply chain shortage, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed an executive order that suspends or relaxes the rules and regulations for commercial vehicles.
It also allows the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety to revoke the requests and enforcement of certain federal and state rules on recording hours of service for these vehicles. .
With the demand for offers and drivers, a buyer is reminding everyone to be patient this holiday season.
“With the delays, I am patient,” said Ken Amos. “Gifts are a gift and people always appreciate it. No matter what time of year. Just be patient, they will come.”