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Truck Driver Shortages Hitting Canada’s Forest Products Sector

Posted February 06, 2018

Under Economic Issues, Logistics & Supply Chain Issues

(Canadian Press)

A shortage of truck drivers is hampering the country’s forest sector as shipments have been delayed and at least one producer was forced to slow production because of a lack of wood chips.

Weyerhaeuser Co. chief executive Doyle Simons said Friday that availability of transportation services has been a challenge, especially in the past quarter.

"We, like other companies, are, in fact, seeing that type of tightness," he said during a conference call about the company’s results.

Simons said the company faced truck and rail disruptions, mainly in December, and took a US$10 million to US$15 million hit in the fourth quarter. Click here to read more.