A week ago more than three thousand trucks They are stranded on the Cristo Redentor-Libertadores International Pass that joins Argentina and Chile. It is due to a protest by the carriers against the delays of the health protocols of coronavirus by the authorities of the trans-Andean country.
The drivers had to improvise kitchens to eat and showers to bathe, waiting for there to be changes in the sanitary regulations that are required in Chile to be able to go to the trans-Andean country.
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Truck drivers showed in TN the improvised shower that they set up with a bucket to be able to sanitize themselves and explained that “it is not enough” for everyone to clean up.
What are the truck drivers from Argentina demanding to be able to cross into Chile?
Leaders of the Mendoza Truck Owners Association (Aprocam) explained that the protest is for the few daily checks carried out by Chilean Health officials and for the “mistreatment” that they say drivers receive.
From Aprocam they stated that the Chilean Customs staff is insufficient for the average of 1,000 daily trucks that cross the pass daily, which generates significant delays.
On the Chilean side there are five boxes with health posts that carry out antigen tests, with an average of 150 daily results. This considerably reduces the passage of the average number of trucks that cross the border every day: it is just over 10% of the total.
The president of Aprocam Daniel Gallart said that Chile would be planning to increase the health posts from five to 14 boxes to carry out tests, although he warned that this would only be “a palliative and not the definitive solution”. Despite the fact that in that case the vehicular flow would increase from 150 to 450 or 500, delays and inconveniences would continue.
Argentina’s request to Chile to unblock the conflict with carriers
The Foreign Ministry intervened in the conflict due to the protest of the carriers and complained to the Chilean authorities “urgent measures to standardize international steps”.
The Chilean embassy in turn reported that it sent to the authorities of the trans-Andean country the request of the Argentine Federation of Freight Transport Business Entities (FADEEAC) to meet with the head of the agency Nicholas Monckeberg and that “the problems raised are being analyzed and solutions to known problems are being sought.”
The president of the FADEEAC Roberto Guarnieri highlighted “the importance of addressing this type of conflict jointly with the authorities responsible for international freight transport” and said that “it is urgent to find a solution to an issue that causes a significant economic damage and social for companies and drivers”.