Spain: Protection requested for trucks crossing through Catalonia
The Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producers' Organizations of Almeria (Coexphal) has called for protection to be given to trucks departing from the province of Almeria loaded with fruits and vegetables in transit through Catalonia.
Coexphal has made this request to the deputy delegate of the Government of Almeria, Andrés García Lorca, with whom its representatives have held a meeting this morning because "what is happening in Catalonia is having an impact on the horticultural sector."
"On the one hand, the shipments going abroad are being affected by route cuts, given that they must necessary cross the Catalan region, and on the other, shipments to this Autonomous Region have been reduced or paralysed by the general strike convened coercively and with the support of the regional government," they said in a statement.
In this sense, they assure that greenhouse horticulture and its trade "are extremely sensitive to situations such as the one currently underway, given its dependence on exports to other European countries."
Coexphal has asked for protection for the shipments departing from Almeria and has shown its support to the Government of Spain so that "the Constitutional legal framework and social stability can be restored as soon as possible."
Coexphal considers it essential to guarantee "free circulation on Catalan roads, as the current situation is seriously damaging the economic interests of the horticultural sector."
"When transporting perishable products, any delay can have an impact on the quality of fruits and vegetables, in addition to the damages caused by breaching the deadlines stipulated in contracts with customers," they concluded.
Publication date: 10/6/2017
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