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Jan 24, 2022

Four Ships Waiting in Harbor During Blockade

We reached out to Belize Port Authority for comment. Major Gilbert Swaso, the Port Commissioner, acknowledged the delay in the supply chain caused by the impasse.  First, he apologizes to all those stakeholders affected, including Belizeans who may soon see a shortage of certain imported items at the supermarkets.

 

Major Gilbert Swaso

Major Gilbert Swaso, Port Commissioner, Belize Port Authority

“First and foremost, kindly allow me to apologize on behalf of the Minister, the Chairman and the management and staff at Belize Port Authority, to all the stakeholders that are involved in this issue, because, as you may be aware, this is an issue of national, vital importance. So it is that we are deeply concerned about the impasse at this time. And, let me state that it has significantly impacted the country, because the supply line, particularly to Belize City, the use of the port at the Port of Belize Limited is at this time closed. And, that is definitely has created a blockage of the supply chain and certainly will have serious economic, negative economic implications. At this time, we have several vessels that have returned without them being unloaded, or loaded. Currently, there are at least four ships that are in harbor waiting for the services from the Port of Belize Limited. This certainly includes the services of the stevedores at this time.”


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