Colombia reaches deal with truckers to lift 45-day strike

Colombia’s government and truckers unions reached a deal on Friday July 22 to lift a 45-day strike that has snarled coffee exports and pushed up already-high inflation as foodstuff and flowers were blocked from moving around the Andean country.

The two sides reached agreement on cargo prices and the gradual removal of old vehicles, ending the longest and most costly strike in Colombian history, but failed to agree on toll road and fuel costs.

“The immobilization of cargo transport has been lifted,” Transport Minister Jorge Eduardo Rojas told reporters.

Trucking union president Orlando Ramirez said the deal “satisfied the needs” of the sector.

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