New vaccine mandates for truck drivers are likely to increase the cost of produce, reports Business Insider.

The cost of transporting fruit from California and Arizona to Canada climbed 25 per cent last week, George Pitsikoulis, the CEO of Canadawide Fruits, told Bloomberg on Monday. The executive, in Montreal, mentioned a lack of truck drivers who were able to cross the border between the US and Canada because of a vaccine mandate that cut US trucking capacity in half, data from the American Trucking Association indicated. The group estimated that about 50 per cent to 60 per cent of U.S. truck drivers were fully vaccinated. Stephen Laskowski, the president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, told The Wall Street Journal that a survey of Canadian truckers suggested that over 10 per cent of truckers in the country weren't vaccinated.

Canada's vaccine mandate for truckers was imposed on Saturday. The new rules require US truckers to present proof of vaccination to cross the border, while Canadian truckers without a vaccine passport are required to quarantine and take a COVID-19 test when they re-enter from the U.S.

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