Numerous main Catalan roads have been blocked since the ruling of the Supreme Court on the pro-independence process in Catalonia was made public last Monday, October 14. According to the national representative organization of small and medium enterprises of Road transport, Fenadismer, these blockades are causing “very serious damage to the road freight activity and, therefore, to the national economic activity."
The protests carried out by the demonstrators have blocked important road infrastructures in Catalonia. The blockade of the AP-7 highway especially worrying as this road runs through the Autonomous Community from south to north and it is the main connection to the rest of the European Union for Spanish exports.
Transporters stressed the relevance of the blockage of said highway, as almost 60% of Spanish goods destined for Europe transported by road use this route. This figure implies the mobilization of more than 20,000 tons of merchandise per day, including fruit and vegetable products. "If these blockages persist, the recipients of the merchandise might choose to acquire the products in other national markets."
The mobilizations on other main roads are affecting the interregional flow of goods in road transport between Catalonia and the rest of the autonomous communities, especially with Aragon and the Valencian Community.
As a result, at a meeting held on Wednesday, October 16, Fenadismer together with the other associations that make up the National Road Transport Committee (CNTC) agreed to address the Government to convey their concern about the consequences that the mobilizations are having for the road transport sector, and to demand that the free movement of roads in Catalonia be guaranteed.
It's worth noting that the pro-independence platforms and unions have called for a general strike for this Friday, October 18. "We don't expect the road and highway blockades will cease," stated sources of the CETM (Spanish Freight Confederation).
The agency recommended transport companies to "advance shipments as far as possible and look for travel alternatives because there are likely to be difficulties in accessing loading and unloading."