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Montevideo, July 17th 2018 - 13:24 UTC

Montevideo port operators warn about increase costs' increase and loss of activity

Friday, August 25th 2017 - 12:11 UTC
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Article 116 forcing operators to contract crews for a minimum of 13 paid days, is forecasted to have a direct impact on Montevideo port costs and competitiveness  Article 116 forcing operators to contract crews for a minimum of 13 paid days, is forecasted to have a direct impact on Montevideo port costs and competitiveness

Montevideo port agents and operators have publicly expressed their concern regarding some articles included in the current budget discussions which are contrary to the constitution, labor legislation and will unnecessarily increase costs and have a direct impact on the port's competitiveness.

 The dispute in centered in an article included in the budget referred to port and harbor activities which makes mandatory for operators to contract temporary labor crews for a minimum of thirteen days, even when they are only needed for a shorter period of time such is the case with seasonal loading and unloading operations.

In half page statements in the Montevideo media, the Uruguayan Navigation Center argues that article 116 of the budget bill is drafted in time and content far beyond the constitutional framework.

Furthermore it violates and weakens current labor legislation which promotes negotiations and agreements between companies and personnel, forcing operators to unnecessary contracts and payments.

The result of article 116 is also contrary to the ports' reform which was geared to make Montevideo an efficient, competitive, reliable terminal for domestic and regional businesses.

Finally the implementation of article 116 will mean an increase in costs, will have a direct impact on the port's activities, Uruguay's foreign trade, transshipments and ultimately will mean a loss of jobs.

Categories: Economy, Politics, Uruguay.

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  • Islander1

    5th World Country totally in control of hard left and unions! Hope the Falklands can soon shift their container shipping to another port.
    It costs MORE to move a few pallets of freight from the supplier in Montevideo into the docks- loaded into a container and that container lifted ont a ship
    - Than it does to move and freight goods from London- to Container loading yard 50 miles away- then container 25 miles to the port docks-onto a container ship - freight 8000 miles to the Falklands and local delivery to the receivers premises!!!!!!!!!!!!
    About time lazy idle Lefties in Montevideo woke up and smelt the reality of life!

    Aug 25th, 2017 - 03:56 pm +1
  • Tango2017

    A considerable number of shippers have already voted with their feet and moved to Buenos Aires ports. I am not sure if shipping to the Malvinas is allowed yet from Buenos Aires but if Islanders are nice it might be in the future. Who knows.

    Aug 25th, 2017 - 06:50 pm 0
  • Islander1

    Nice idea but it would,not work- Arg Govt would have to accept the Islands were not Arg Territory and thus allow all incoming containers through as transit without any opening or checking or taxes etc. Same with wool,meat and fish going north.
    And somehow that concept is not going to happen. Likewise no good for the Islands trying to import any fresh produce as well - as Arg Govt Dept of Agric would not do a Phytosanitary Inspection and certification as they would not be able to class it as export - and without the standard Int Phytosanitary papers - the goods could not be allowed into the Islands.

    More likley Falklands will move our link port to southern Brazil.

    Aug 26th, 2017 - 02:58 am 0
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