At the beginning of Chile's fruit export season, 4,000 trucks that had to enter to load and unload products at the port of San Antonio were unable do so since November 25, due to the stoppages and blockades there have been within the framework of the National strike called by the Unitary Central of Workers (CUT).
Ramon Ross, the president of the Association of Transporters of San Antonio and leader of the union that brings together 93 members and 2,200 trucks, due to this situation, thirteen ships have already been diverted to other ports, mostly to Valparaíso, where TPS, one of the two local terminals, did not adhere to the protests. In addition, a couple of other ships were expected to be rerouted. He also said that "most of the merchandise affected were the cherries destined for the Chinese New Year."
The leader said that the trucks that couldn't be unloaded had to return to the packing centers or to the container depots to return their cargo, with the economic loss that this generated for the different industries. Cherry growers had expressed concern because they are starting to export cherries to the Chinese market, where it is a highly-priced product. "Fruit does not wait," they warned.
Terminals and blocked routes
The blockages of the bypass access to San Antonio via Route 78, Lo Gallardo bridge, San Juan Leyda road, Arevalo bridge to Santiago, in Nuñez de Fonseca coastal road, and five other internal and access road points aroused the concern of the trucking guild nationwide. The president of the National Confederation of Cargo Transport of Chile, Sergio Perez, said that they had analyzed the blockade of the port of San Antonio in a meeting he had with the president of the Senate, Jaime Quintana, where he asked the Executive to provide military protection to roads as critical infrastructure.