Agri-food chain warns: new freight won’t survive a stoppage

this agricultural organizations -Asaja, COAG and UPA, Agrifood Cooperatives- and business associations FIAB, Aecoc, ACES, Anged, Asedas, Cedecarne, Fedepesca, Hospitality of Spain and Restoration Brands, representatives agriculture-food sectors Spanish and hostelwarned the agri-food chain will not be able to withstand another strike transportation industry by the highwayas reported in the joint statement.

In particular, the agro-food chain has shown ‘Maximum concern’ over possible recurrence of events that caused problems in the supply chain of essential food products in March one for “serious consequences” The new transport strike could be on companies and consumers.

Thus, they repeated a new strike means many operators in the industry will sufferIt is barely enduring an unprecedented economic and geopolitical situation.

In this way, organizations demanded that the transport sector not expose society to a new threat and that they take into account the difficult situation this core sector is in. always works to guarantee the supply of food and essential products to the whole society.

So they remembered provide a “basic service” to supply food products to the populationIt is already a recognized character during the pandemic and this means that citizens have the right to access this public service at all times and that operators have the right to provide it under all circumstances.

The agri-food chain underlined this. the agricultural sector is in the midst of a summer fruit campaign and most of its production goes to international marketsLike this A possible strike will cause a failure to respond to international demand.In addition to the loss of prestige for the sector, it may cause the loss of export destinations.

The industry emphasized this fact was “particularly serious” at the beginning of the campaign. with the risk of throwing away a large part of the annual production of perishable foods such as fruit and the significant damage this would cause.

On the other hand, they also emphasized that The efficiency of the chain means that fresh produce gets from farm to table in 24 hours or less.therefore they have almost no storage capacity and because they are perishable products, the impossibility of transporting them causes enormous product lossesthus increasing food waste.

They also warned these cuts may cause damage to the food industry, as in March, there may be interruptions in its activities. if essential products do not reach the factories and incur the enormous costs of preserving or losing food as well. Return to normal activity may take several weeksprolonging the problems of famine to the population.

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On your own behalf food distribution will have to make extra efforts to redistribute food to outlets and reorganize the assortment available In order not to starve the population. The eventual closure of stores, pressure on workers, and the difficulty of quickly restoring normal supply are other effects on trade.

While warning this other sectors that will be severely affected would be in the middle of the summer campaign hotels, restaurants and tourismwill see its supplies “again under threat” and affect Spain’s image as a national and international tourism destination.

Finally, even if the product cannot leave the cooperatives and the functioning of the businesses cannot be guaranteed, the originating warehouse owners, markets, industries or logistics platforms and all operators in the chain are responsible for wages, contributions, taxes, agricultural and livestock ‘inputs’, maintenance of cold systems, etc. with millions of economic losses.

In this way, the agro-food chain, along with society as a whole, reminded of this. experiencing “very difficult situation” due to inflationary scenario and that makes a “great effort” to try to impress the consumer as little as possible increase in energy prices, the cost of derivatives such as fuel and fertilizers, the price and difficulty of accessing raw materials, the financial pressure and regulatory costs that the sector is exposed to, and the effects of previous transportation stoppages. some supply chains have yet to recover.

Source: Informacion


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