Textile buyers start to give Nicaragua a miss
Two of the 10 leading buyers of textiles from Nicaragua's free-trade zones are switching purchasing orders to Guatemala and Honduras because truckers have paralyzed operations in the nation's ports.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
"There's not a single container that can be moved and the buyers have begun to withdraw their orders," said Carlos Pérez, president of the Nicaraguan shipping agents' association.
Business leaders in Nicaragua called on the government to put an end to the 10-day-old strike by truckers and bus drivers.
The two governments have formed the company "Grannacional de Alimentos", which will channel exports from Venezuela to Nicaragua.
The nine-day-old strike by bus drivers and truckers exploded into violence in which 15 police officers and 50 other people were injured.
The US embassy in Managua warned Americans to beware after a series of attacks on US residents and visitors. They should also be careful to avoid transport protests, it added in a statement.
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