Transportation costs hound Minnesota fresh produce industry

05/18/2012 01:12:00 PM
Tom Burfield

“The length of time you wait to get things done keeps growing and growing,” Hannigan said.

It’s not unusual for a driver to have to wait for nine to 15 hours to get his trailer loaded — a process that typically should be completed in two hours, he said.

Some drivers want to limit pickups, Hannigan said, and as the loading process takes longer and longer, overtime costs skyrocket.

Hannigan says the situation could turn into a nightmare this summer as costs continue to climb.

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