(Dec. 5) A snowstorm that dumped as much as a foot of snow in
parts of the South and up the East Coast the week of Dec. 1 was enough to cause truck shortages and delays of up to five hours in getting shipments.

For those in the trucking industry, however, it was nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year.

Tim Moore, president and chief executive officer of Lange Logistics, Nashville, Tenn., said the weather slowed trucks going into the Northeast in particular, though it didn’t stop deliveries.

“For the past few days it’s been a tough truck market,” he said Dec. 5. “But we’ve been able to counter that by (bringing) trucks out of the surrounding areas to the south.”

Rob Goldstein, president of GenPro Transportation Services, Newark, N.J., said he had seen some delays, but nothing beyond a few hours.

“My grandfather used to say, ‘God willing, weather permitting,’” he said. “It’s delayed some shipments and decreased the availability of equipment. It happens every year.”

Just a day before, the system dropped several inches of snow on southern parts of the country, including Oklahoma and Alabama, leaving many without power.

Moore said he didn’t see too many problems with trucks coming out of those areas. In fact, it was from those areas that Lange began bringing trucks to the Northeast to make up for shortages caused by the storm.

“We have such a broad range of carriers to pull from that we don’t have to rely on trucks from just one area,” he said. “The brunt of the problems we’re having start at the Kentucky-Tennessee border heading into the Virginia area.”

The main impact of the storms, Moore said, is that it delayed deliveries.

Goldstein said the timing of the snowstorm reduced its effect.

“It’s after Thanksgiving,” he said. “Business hasn’t been that strong so there’s not a great demand for anything. Now if this had been before Thanksgiving, then there would have been more problems.”

Moore said the only thing shippers and trucking companies can do is just make the best of the situation.

“This is something in the transportation industry that you have to expect,” he said. “This is nothing compared to what we’ve seen in the past.”