Freight Rates Rise in Nicaragua

Most shipping companies have agreed to pay carriers between $1.26 and $1.29 per kilometre as a re-adjustment.

Monday, May 14, 2012

After nearly a week of strikes, 10 of the 15 shipping companies operating in the country agreed to concede to the demands of freight carriers, and they will pay an adjustment per kilometre of between $1.26 and $1.29.

"(Regarding) those (shipping companies) who did not negotiate, we have agreed with the industry not to provide them with the services of our units," said Marvin Altamirano, president of the Shipping Association of Nicaragua (ATN), according to

Representatives of the two sectors also agreed that depending on the behavior of the cost of diesel in the coming months, they may meet in order to review those costs.

Although the damage has yet to be quantified, the strike caused delays to the textile industry zones and exporters of agricultural products.

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