The Ministry of Transportation and Public Works (MTOP) of Ecuador has reported that the entry of goods into the port terminals, which are used to export 98% of the export products, is being carried out without problems. The Ministry made this statement in response to the complaints of the Banana Exporters Association (Asoexpla).
The recent protests in the country have left huge losses as exporters have been unable to export many products, such as plantains and bananas, that can't be stored until the situation normalizes.
The Association of Private Port Terminals of Guayaquil (Asotep) stated that they were coordinating with law enforcement the custody of trucks for export products so that there are no problems. However, the administrator of the Banana Marketing and Export Association (Acorbanec), Richard Salazar, stated that there is a "huge, unrecoverable loss to the country's most important export product due to its volume."
Foreign trade figures show that for each week of paralysis, Ecuador ceases to receive 276 million dollars in exports.
The banana that has had the most problems to be exported is the one grown in Los Rios, part of Guayas, and El Oro.
Currently, there are 3,000 containers that can't leave the farms or reach the terminals to be loaded. If that cargo is refrigerated, it can be exported. Otherwise, it can't be chartered because it will mature before arriving at its destination. Exporters lose approximately $ 9,700 dollars for each container.
"In addition," says Salazar, "once that cargo can be exported, when the situation in Ecuador normalizes, there will be no place in the boats to take it out because they will be filled with the new fruit that is being harvested on the farms."