The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA) and the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA), in a joint statement, expressed their concerns with Transport on the implementation of mandatory for truckers entering the country.
Thewill take effect tomorrow, January 15.
“We fully supportand agree that mandates are a critical tool in our battle against COVID. However, given current rates amongst truckers, especially in the Northern Indiana region where a high percentage of are located, we are concerned that the January 15th deadline for mandatory cross-border will significantly impede our industry at a time when our industry is already facing a shortage of drivers willing to transport RVs to ,” said CRVA President .
Thesector directly and indirectly supported an estimated 67,200 jobs. It contributed $4.8 billion in added economic value to the economy from an initial expenditure of $6.2 billion, as per a study conducted in 2019.
It revealed that approximately 2.1 million (or 14% of)households own an . RVDA of and the CRVA estimate that wholesale shipments from to will exceed 55,000 units in 2021.
However, with over 95% of theproducers located in the United States, the associations expressed to the federal government that the industry is vulnerable to border issues. According to the joint statement, this includes the availability of US delivery companies and their drivers being able to enter to maintain the .
“We fear thewill lead to a lack of inventory for our retailers during their historical re-stocking period and/or price increases to our consumers,” said RVDA of President Eleonore Hamm.
“We hereby call on the government to delay the deadline for mandatory fulluntil a later date to allow us to work with our suppliers so that we can minimize the disruption.”
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