Public sector strike hits fishing exporters
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The salmon industry is not foreign to the problems caused by the forced measure, particularly in the case of fr
 

The salmon industry is not foreign to the problems caused by the forced measure, particularly in the case of frozen products. (Photo: Stock File)

 

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Thursday, November 10, 2016, 03:30 (GMT + 9)

 

The strike held by Chilean public sector workers is having a negative impact on the fishing sector in the southern-central part of the country, which claims to have experienced considerable losses due to the impossibility of exporting its products.

"The public sector unemployment has affected ASIPES' partner companies, especially due to the paralysis of the National Fisheries Service(SERNAPESCA), which is the body granting the authorizations to export the various products, whether frozen, preserved products and fishmeal," explained Pulso Macarena Cepeda, Sustainability chief of the Association of Industrial Fisheries of the southern central zone.

So far, the goods have been kept in refrigerators and storage facilities, waiting for it to be dispatched.

According to data from ASIPES, the products that could not be exported because of the strike amount to approximately USD 6 million. And to this economic harm, the damage that this situation represents for the country's image is added, given the impossibility of meeting some of the commercial commitments assumed with foreign customers, Cepeda said.

From the National Fisheries Association (SONAPESCA), concern has also been expressed about the public sector’s strike as well as about the harm to the activity of the sector and for the international image of Chile and its companies’ reliability.

The salmon industry is not foreign to the problems caused by the forced measure, particularly in the case of frozen products. According toSalmonChile sources, some exporters have been forced to leave their products stored until the situation normalizes.

Felipe Sandoval, president of SalmonChile, told Pulso that after a series of meetings between representatives of the union and authorities of Treasury, Customs as well as SERNAPESCA, this Tuesday "the permits to be able to export products began to be ready".

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