The Impacts of Strike at the Port

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Updated: December 10, 2015

As we mentioned, there was a ship that returned to Miami unloaded on Monday evening as a result of the industrial action being taken by the stevedores at the Port of Belize.  Retired Major Lloyd Jones, the Maritime and Logistics Consultant for the Port of Belize spoke to Love News on the issue with the ships and their cargo.

 

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While this unloading of the goods from the ship is nothing strange as they do happen under other circumstances, it is an event that will have a great impact on the merchants as it relates to their bottom line but also on the consumer and the logistics as well.

 

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As we mentioned, Jones is a consultant to the Port of Belize and so, we asked him what could be the alternative in getting the goods on land and to the merchants.

 

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In essence what has been happening since Monday when the stevedores took industrial action is that the port, the Government, the merchants and the consumers are being affected and the free flow of trade and commerce are at a standstill since the goods are not coming in or going out.  One of the questions that have been asked time and time again is why not divert the ships to the Big Creek Port to be offloaded.  According to Jones, that is a decision for the ships to make.

 

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Since yesterday evening, a ship has been docked near the Lighthouse Reef area awaiting word on whether they should come in for the over sixty containers to be unloaded.  Love News understands that if the ship did not get an affirmative response by midday today, they would be leaving Belize to go to Jamaica.  That ship had over sixty containers to be offloaded while over forty containers containing local grains for export were to be loaded to be carried out.