A stop in the transport of loads lights alarm lights

October 24, 2018 - By Joseph Taylor

The transporters of cereals nucleated in the FETRA, the main national federation business that brings together owners of trucks and SME companies, are unemployed from zero hour today and until Thursday, day when they expect to be received by Guillermo Dietrich with the hope to receive answers to your claims. The Government has special interest in clearing any focus of conflict in this sector since the measure of force announced this Tuesday morning and that it was going to be for “indeterminate time” ended up limiting to 24 hours, given that the FETRA was called yesterday in the afternoon to a technical meeting to the Ministry of Transport.

Alarms in the government were lit because this measure of force can be taken as a possible advance of stronger actions, provided that a solution prior to December is not reached. That month, the wheat harvest that is expected to be record with 19 million tons produced will start to rise. Translated: nothing can lock the entrance of genuine dollars to the country.

After the meeting in the portfolio led by Dietrich, Miguel Betilli, head of FETRA, confirmed to Clarin: “The strike is made and will continue until Thursday, the day the minister will announce the answers to our claims.”

The sheet of proclamations are, according to Betilli: “The updating of the rates, guarantee the payment of freights within thirty days of the service rendered as we charge 70 days and pay at 15. We also ask for equity of railroad charges , freezing of the price of fuel, subsidies of tolls and credit lines at a subsidized rate for fleet replacement “.

Both FETRA and CATAC and FADEEAC are the chambers that negotiate the rate schedule with the Ministry of Transportation; but only FETRA and CATAC mobilize cereals. FADEEAC, on the other hand, transports all kinds of merchandise and is the one that discusses parity with the Moyano.

From an oilseed chamber they told Clarin about the strike: “The agro-export sector was in the middle of a conflict between cargo givers and carriers,” they explain. And they add: “It is true that we are in the low season of transporting cereals, but it is also true that FETRA is the main federation and they are not taking these measures so we read it as a wake-up call”.

The conflict in numbers shows that in high season between 10,000 and 12,000 trucks are dispatched daily with cereals and today the port entrances are around 3,000 transporters per day. They point out from that business sector that “a strike begins to affect the fourth or fifth day of not receiving raw material, which is why they consider the impact of the force measure as light”; although they look at it with attention.

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