Port Gates Re-opened in Guatemala
August 04, 2010
The principal ports in Guatemala have re-opened their gates this morning after a three-day strike involving workers protesting changes in local Customs requirements. The strike has been resolved and trucking has resumed. These workers had previously blockaded the entrance and exit gates so that cargoes were unable to enter or leave the main ports of Santo Tomas and Puerto Barrios. Seaboard’s vessels continued to dock and discharge cargoes normally during the ordeal but we, along with other shipping lines, were unable to truck these containers outside of the port for a 72-hour period.
Please understand that there currently is a back-up of trucks since the gates re-opened earlier today. We expect some delays in deliveries today and tomorrow but substantial progress is being made. Vessel operations remain as usual and all of Seaboard’s ships are on schedule. We appreciate the patience of our customers. If you should have any questions, we request that our customers contact their Seaboard Marine sales representative or our offices in Miami or Guatemala City.