Fuel imports in April up 19% YoY as lorry drivers struck

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Fuel imports in April up 19% YoY as lorry drivers struck

Portugal’s imports of fuels and lubricants in April were up 19.1% on the same month a year earlier, possibly in part due to a strike of drivers of lorries carrying hazardous materials

In a release on international trade, the INE reported that the rise in imports of fuels and lubricants was in part "due to the addition of processed products", which "may be related to the strike by drivers of dangerous materials, with an increase in purchases from Spain."

On 15 April lorry drivers took part in a strike called by the National Union of Dangerous Goods Drivers (SNMMP) that was aimed at securing recognition of its members as a specific professional category, with better pay and conditions.

On 16 April many members of the public headed en masse to filling stations, causing chaos on many access roads.

By late afternoon on that second day of the strike, the government declared an alert situation and introduced exceptional measures to guarantee supplies. At a late-night meeting with the road hauliers’ association, ANTRAM, and the union, minimum services were agreed.

Arbitration by the government prompted union and employers to reach agreement on the morning of 18 April, with the beginning of formal negotiations scheduled for 29 April the stoppage called off.

The INE reported that Portugal’s exports in April were up 3.2% on a year earlier and imports up 10.9%, marking a slowdown from the previous month. In March exports had been up 3.8% on the year and imports 12.1%.


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