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Grocery stores would run out of food in 3 days if long-haul truckers stopped working

Jan 14, 2019 at 07:14 AM CST
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Trucking moves 71% of the freight in the United States. And if it were to suddenly cease, the effects would be more drastic than you might expect. In May 2018, truck drivers in Brazil went on strike for a week, and it "paralyzed" the country in unexpected ways. As gas stations ran out of fuel, for instance, public transit halted. "Without trucking, we would be naked, starving, and homeless," Mike Robbins, a longtime trucker and leader of trucker strike group Black Smoke Matters, told Business Insider. A study by the American Trucking Associations outlined what would happen if truckers were to stop working. The effects would hit hospitals, gas stations, ATMs, grocery stores, and even your garbage can.