The Government and the union agreed to meet in the coming days to resolve complaints made by the industry, which resulted in two days of strikes and business losses of at least $10 million.
The blockade by truckers on the border between Costa Rica and Panama, organized by the National Chamber of Cargo Transportation (Canacarga) and the Truckers Union of Chiriqui (Sicachi), was suspended on the night of February 16, after a party from the Government of Panama went from the capital to the province of Chiriqui.
The union has exhausted dialogue with the regional government of Chiriqui and is a blockading the border preventing the movement of freight carriers in Central America.
The provincial government in Chiriqui has failed to prevent Panamanian carriers, organized by the National Chamber of Cargo Transportation in Panama, (Canatraca) from indefinitely blocking the passage of trucks across the border in Paso Canoas (information at time of going to press at 3:30 p.m).
National transporters announced that they will go on strike on February 15 in order to assert pressure because of the outsourcing of cargo from the CFZ to international companies.
The National Chamber of Cargo Transportation is preparing a strike in conjunction with the Truck Drivers Syndicate of Chiriqui, which on several occasions has expressed its disagreement with the outsourcing of cargo services in the Colon Free Zone.
Costa Rican transporters have blocked the Paso Canoas border alleging abuses in the controls carried out by Panamanian authorities.
The measure taken by the Costa Ricans have already caused millions in losses due to delays in the arrival of cargo and damage to goods. For this reason the National Chamber of Panamanian Cargo Transporters (Canatraca) has asked the authorities concerned to solve a problem which has returned only five months after an agreement was signed between the two nations.
The law allows private concessions for the construction of ports of up to 20 years.
Additionally, the initiative formally eliminates the government's monopoly on ports, gives the Legislative the ability to approve the construction of deep water ports as well as introducing fiscal benefits such as relief when buying construction materials.
The resolution, which requires all owners of boats used for passenger transport to have insurance, will come into effect at the end of January.
According to elnuevodiario.com.ni "the insurance has to cover the passengers and their luggage," said Manuel Mora, MTI Director of Water Transport, who revealed that throughout last year they kept in contact with Iniser to offer insurance services to the boat owners, "however since they do not see it as a profitable market, they never made any agreements."
Leaders from the merchandise transportation sector are considering sanctions for foreign companies that provide cabotage services
Representatives from the Government and the sector restart conversations at the work table.
They also agreed that all vehicles coming from Central America will have to present their vehicle registration and insurance policy at the border in order to control the flow into the country.