Truckers are refusing to carry loads into New York City and surrounding suburbs like New Rochelle that have been hard hit by the coronavirus, even as demand for groceries is double or triple normal levels as shoppers stockpile soup and other everyday goods.
The White House’s call for all those leaving New York City to self-quarantine for 14 days has spooked some drivers, according to people monitoring shipments, while delivery curfews and requests to register “essential employees” have created additional friction. Some warehouse operators are even insisting on taking truck drivers’ temperatures as they pull into warehouses. Many truckers simply don't want to risk becoming infected, and putting up with all the requirements.
A March 25 report from the Supply Chain Analysis Network, a state-of-the-industry report compiled by experts in the field, noted a “particular concern related to the grocery supply chain serving the City of New York.” While the report said “the grocery supply chain should be able to sustain and enhance flows,” it found that truckers “have been much more likely to reject offers to deliver” to the New York metropolitan area.
There are about 8.62 Million people in the five boroughs of New York City. As you might imagine, they eat A LOT of food. As more and more truckers refuse to go into the city, food shortages will inevitably crop up.
What may begin to take place if stores run out? Civil unrest? Roving gangs stealing? Anarchy? Time will tell.
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