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Jan 21, 2022

Port Strike Upending Supply Chain for Incoming and Outgoing Goods

With all stevedores now out on strike, the hands of the management at the Port of Belize Limited are tied. One ship docked since Thursday morning is still waiting to be unloaded, but could simply leave without leaving its cargo for the local market.  Additional ships are scheduled for the weekend, but there will likely be no stevedores to unload them either. C.E.O. Lane says whether or not they will wait around is unknown.

 

Andy Lane

Andy Lane, C.E.O., Port of Belize Limited

“I mean, first of all, the ship “Tropic Mist”, arrived here at nine o’clock yesterday morning and it is still here and it will probably sail without any cargo being exchanged. So, that means that import containers that were ordered for Belize’s supply chain will go back to the U.S. We have some more ships lined up for the weekend. I don’t know how patient those ship operators will be. They might divert the ships somewhere else. They might wait. They might go back where they came from.  That has to be their choice. Again, I am very sorry for the inconvenience that our ship operators and the agents are experiencing here. It is very unfortunate and very regrettable.”


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