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Honduras Prevented From Exporting 1 Million Boxes of Bananas

27.4.2018

The president of the Association of Bananas Producers of Honduras, Héctor Castró, revealed that at least one million boxes of fruit could not be exported due to the strike of employees that lasted for 77 days.

The non-exported figure is equivalent to US$ 10 million that the country did not receive.

"Chiquita Brands kept buying the fruit from us at all times and right now, however we are now experiencing some illiquidity because we are not being paid for the banana sales in time, we believe it is a consequence of the same situation" he explained.

Castró pointed out that he hopes that this situation will not happen again, given that US$ 10 million were lost, in addition to the collateral damage in the jobs that were affected.

He said that the maintenance operations, harvest and export of bananas in Chiquita is now back to normal.

Chiquita Honduras Company Ltd, a subsidiary of Chiquita Brands International, the successor to the historic United Fruit Company experienced the longest strike in its history with a total of 77 days of stoppage.

The workers began the protest because the company decided to change the medial location in which they had been served by agreement for six decades. After 93 dismissals and fearing that more employees would lose their jobs, the strikers deposed the measure. The company refused to reinstate the dismissed.

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