Weekly Report - 10 November 2016 (WR-16-44)


GUATEMALA | Damaging truckers protest. On 2 November Guatemala’s association of exporters (Agexport), a local business lobby, complained that the blockades erected by lorry drivers in some of the country’s main customs points had left thousands of goods’ containers stranded and produced US$456m in losses. The blockades were erected on 27 October by the lorry drivers’ union (GPTP) and the union of freight-sector workers (Sigpitranspegua) in protest at new traffic restrictions for heavy goods vehicles introduced by the Guatemala City municipal government. The protestors complained that the new restrictions, which extend the hours (rush hour) in which heavy goods vehicles are banned from driving in the national capital, would negatively impact on their business.

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