Customs Strike Causes Delays at Chilean Ports and Border Crossings

Chile’s customs association called an indefinite strike on May 24th  that is affecting Chilean ports, airports and borders and causing disruption and delays, the American Shipper reports.

National Association of Customs Officers of Chile- ANFACH (Asociación Nacional de Funcionarios de Aduanas de Chile) claims that the government has not complied with an earlier collective bargaining agreement.

The customs strike is a result of displeasure with staffing issues, working hours and retirement benefits, according to the trade union representing the customs officials. Those participating in the strike hope to gain 250 more officers around entry ports and airports, reduced working hours and increased retirement benefits.

Striking workers number around 1,900.

The National Customs Service implemented a contingency plan at all border control points, ports and airports in order to ensure operational continuity and ensure the flow of foreign trade and the circulation of vehicles and passengers. This coordination work is implemented from Arica in the North of Chile to Punta Arenas in the South to facilitate the completion of customs formalities, giving priority to the dispatch of dangerous, perishable or emergency cargoes, as medicines, the entity said.

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