Freight carriers lift national strike after agreement with shipping companies
Cargo carriers began a national strike at dawn on September 23 to denounce unfair competition from shipping companies.
The cargo carriers raised the national strike after reaching an agreement with the shipping international, the national government as guarantor.
" We are going to lift the strike at this time throughout the national territory ," said Demetrio Santamaría, from the Cargo Transportation Coordinator.
The Minister of Commerce and Industries, Ramón Martínez reported that shipping companies and subsidiaries have committed not to carry out national cargo transportation and not to intervene in the freedom that clients have to choose their carriers.
" The shipping companies recognize that their activity is international maritime transport and that land transport belongs to Panamanians, " said Minister Martínez.
The commitments agreed between the parties include that shipping companies and subsidiaries will not market, nor will they market the cargo transportation service in the national territory.
Likewise, it includes that users of shipping companies may choose the companies they require for the cargo transport service, without interference from them.
Cargo carriers began a national work stoppage that can be extended at dawn on September 23 to denounce unfair competition from international shipping companies.
According to cargo carriers, shipping companies seek to monopolize and monopolize the sector, offering land cargo service to customers when their work is maritime.
They also denounced an increase in operating costs, despite the fact that the rate they are paid has remained the same for years.