How Important Is Trucking To An Economy?
- by Don Stewart
The trucking industry is an integral part of any economy. Practically every industry relies on trucking for the delivery of materials, in order to manufacture or produce the product and then deliver the product to the marketplace.
Look around your home or office, chances are that each product from the furniture to the clothes you’re wearing to the food you eat has seen the inside of a truck. Most aspects of everyday life are only possible because of the hard work of truck drivers and trucking companies. The trucking industry is helping people get the things they need everyday.
We often think of trucking, solely being a truck and a driver. In Manitoba, Trucking directly employs over 28,000 people and contributes more than 2 Billion to Manitoba's GDP annually. With more than 475 for hire trucking companies in Manitoba and our geographical location, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Pembina/Emerson border crossing, is the 5th busiest CA/US crossing. As a result, Highway #75 moves 19 Billion in trade between Manitoba and the United States.
Trained truck drivers are integral for the trucking industry to run smoothly and efficiently, however there are many moving parts and pieces to a trucking company. Like most businesses, trucking has many departments/teams behind the scenes and on the front lines. Dispatchers, Maintenance Facilities, HR departments, Customer Service, Logistics and Supply, Business Development and Administrative Support, to mention a few.
Between 2016 and 2025 the trucking industry in Manitoba will need to fill more than 8,200 jobs including; 3,400 new drivers and more than 2,000 Heavy Duty Technicians. That would equate to almost 1 trained driver required every day for the next 10 years. All these numbers are staggering, but it's safe to say, any disruption in truck transportation services will cause lots of economic disruptions in all sectors of the economy.
If you would like to learn more or wish to take advantage of a career in an economically impactful industry, please reach out to the Manitoba Trucking Association or visit: