Containers Moving Through Lazaro Cardenas After Blockade Ends

A teacher union blockade of freight rails in Mexico that trapped 4,000 thousands of containers in the key port of Lazaro Cardenas, as well as some in Manzanillo is over, according to the Journal of Commerce.

The industrial action by the teachers union, Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación, or CNTE,  affected the port since July 11, with protesters stopping freight trains from moving on the line that links the port to the rest of the country, said Flores. The teachers are protesting government education reform plans, with some teachers particularly angered by a requirement that they undergo mandatory periodic evaluations.

“Currently, all tracks are clear of protests and we are running a normal operation,” said Doniele Carlson, spokesperson of Kansas City Southern de Mexico, which operates the line ,  confirming the end of the blockade. “We understand the negotiation between the teachers union and the government is ongoing, but don’t have any details on those negotiations.”

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