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Colombia: Truckers announce stoppage that could affect banana distribution

Different guilds and cargo generators have asked the freight forwarders not to conduct the strike they have scheduled for Friday, November 23, in protest against the government's non-compliance with that sector.

Juan Camilo Restrepo Gomez, the president of Augura, urged the truckers not to cease their activities and to engage in dialogue to find effective solutions.

The union leader said that if the vehicles stop their work, the export of hundreds of boxes of bananas and their distribution to the national territory would be affected.

"This would harm all of society and it would have great repercussions in Antioquia from the economic and social point of view; it would have an impact on free mobility and on the economy. In Antioquia, the banana and plantain trade are the essence of the economy of Uraba, so before this strike becomes a reality we ask the Government to sit down and look for proposals and solutions to the truckers accumulated difficulties," said the president of Augura.

Clarita García, the director of Defencarga, spoke about the million dollar losses that a truckers strike would have on the region, as nearly 85% of the transporters would suspend their activities.

"This strike would be inconvenient for the country and for the economy of the sector. That's why we ask the unions and the Government to sit down and dialogue, so that the strike doesn't affect the country's economy at this time of the year, which is high season. We've had recent strikes that have had disastrous consequences for the country, so we hope this does not happen," said Mrs. Garcia.


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