The advantages of using road transport for companies are very high, compared to other means of shipping. Among them, the speed (compared to maritime transport), the economy in short transfers and the versatility and flexibility that allows the transport of products from door to door stand out. For this reason, the lack of truckers in the United States is affecting the pillars of the world economy.
The war between Russia and Ukraine has also clearly impacted the shortage of road transportation professionals. As an example, many of the drivers in Europe are Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Lithuanian, or Belarussian. It’s not much different in the USA, although the number of Latino truckers is also high.
Road transport is a strategic sector, since it represents 3% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and provides direct and indirect employment to a thousand people in each country. And now, to alleviate the lack of professionals behind the wheel, the tables have turned towards women.
The situation in the United States is this: The ATA carrier association estimates that there are between 80,000 and 100,000 unfilled seats. Such is the urgency of the demand that many companies are offering significant salaries to fill the vacancies.