California & USA

U.S. Expects Christmas tree shortage in December 2021

In a Christmas tree store in Denver (USA), 22/10/2021

This is both a consequence of global warming and the congestion of global trade routes: Christmas trees are scarce this year in the United States.

The cause is the heat, drought, and devastating fires that have damaged acres of forests and plantations in the western United States.

 There is nothing I can do. I have to pass on the costs,” says Sidney Boolootian, a Christmas tree seller in Clovis, California. “I’ve always been fair. I give a beautiful tree for a fair price, so I don’t worry about that,” he philosopher.

Producing a Christmas tree can take ten years, from planting to selling. The room for maneuver is therefore reduced for producers and distributors, even more so this year.

 The harvest has been reduced by about 40% for the entire sector,” stresses Mr. Boolootian, who already anticipates potential losses in the run-up to the end of the year holidays.

This is both a consequence of global warming and the congestion of global trade routes: Christmas trees are scarce this year in the United States.

The cause is the heat, drought, and devastating fires that have damaged acres of forests and plantations in the western United States.

 There is nothing I can do. I have to pass on the costs,” says Sidney Boolootian, a Christmas tree seller in Clovis, California. “I’ve always been fair. I give a beautiful tree for a fair price, so I don’t worry about that,” he philosopher.

Producing a Christmas tree can take ten years, from planting to selling. The room for maneuver is therefore reduced for producers and distributors, even more so this year.

 The harvest has been reduced by about 40% for the entire sector,” stresses Mr. Boolootian, who already anticipates potential losses in the run-up to the end of the year holidays.

And for those who want to buy an artificial tree, the task also promises to be complicated. The sudden recovery of the global economy following the health crisis has created traffic jams and therefore supply delays.

The National Tree Company’s supplier in China, James Li, says 150 containers of Christmas trees, worth three million dollars, are waiting to be shipped. These delays should lead to a 20 to 25% increase in the price of these trees, for Christmas 2021.

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