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South America: Chilean customs strike to affect interstate travel

11/19/2013 03:10 pm

South America: Chilean customs strike to affect interstate travel
Dear valued customer,
Customs workers affiliated with the ANFACH union are set to stage a countrywide strike in Chile from 19 November for an indefinite duration. The industrial action has been called over grievances pertaining to working conditions. The strike will be observed by workers at international airports, border crossings and sea ports; the action is likely to result in travel disruptions for persons intending to enter or exit the country. Delays and possible border closures cannot be discounted at Chile's land border crossings with Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. An earlier related strike on 13 November by customs workers resulted in delays of up to five hours at the Los Libertadores border crossing, located between Santiago in Chile and Mendoza province in Argentina. Although it remains unclear whether protests will be staged, related demonstrations cannot be ruled out, particularly near entry points into Chile. Persons travelling in the region are advised to monitor local media for updates regarding the planned action. Clients are further advised to contact their travel provider to enquire about the status of border crossings; allowances should be made for travel disruptions at ports of entry into Chile. All large public gatherings and roadblocks should be avoided as a precaution against civil unrest.

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