Pressure to deliver a large amount of Christmas trees in a short window of time has been felt by U.S. retailers, particularly in California. There is high competition for trucks and freight transport to deliver trees, arriving in time for the festive season.
It is extimated that Oregon grows around 6 million trees for Christmas each year, which is a substantial amount more than any other state in the U.S. Although the most are grown in Oregon, 90 per cent of the trees are exported to other states, such as California, Mexico, Canada and Texas. Finding shipping companies are potentially a challenging task for the supply chain.
It is reported that the trees – particularly Noble and Douglas fir trees are difficult to find shipping capacity to move them from state to state. Whilst trucks are generally easy to locate, the November and December months are certainly the busiest. Trucking rates are apparently increased by 30% since October.