For the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex), the truckers' strike in Chile could lead to losses of nearly 500 million dollars. The indefinite strike called by the Confederation of the Northern Truckers Force began on November 21, mainly demanding a reduction in fuel prices and greater security on the roads.
Asoex President, Iván Marambio, said the strike has had a negative impact on the sector, with cherries, blueberries and stone fruits being the most affected products. Marambio: "(...) we are at a complete standstill." He added that if the strike continues they will have losses close to 500 million dollars.
According to the Minister of Agriculture, Esteban Valenzuela, in Coquimbo, Valparaíso and Maule, the strike has caused serious disruptions in the agricultural and livestock production chain. During the truckers' strike, important routes in the country have been partially blocked. Chile's most important ports: San Antonio and Valparaíso, have also been blocked by protesters.
CNTC, Fedesur and FedeQuinta end strike
La National Confederation of Land Freight Transport (CNTC), Fedesur and FedeQuinta reached an agreement with the government and accepted its proposal to retreat from the truckers' strike.
The agreement was signed after a meeting between the representatives of the unions and the Executive, represented by the Undersecretary of the Interior, Manuel Monsalve, and the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Juan Carlos Munoz.