Andi, Colombia’s main business union, expressed grave concern about the tense situation on the country’s roads as a result of the blockades.
This situation has a significant impact on the economy and the operation of logistics, as 501 blockages have been reported so far, which corresponds to almost 2 per day.
“According to quantified data, a total of 7,029 hours of blockages have been added so far this year, which corresponds to 292 full days of lost freight transport. “August, for example, was a critical month in which 77 damages were recorded: 60 to vehicles, 13 to drivers and 4 damage to infrastructure due to terrorist acts,” said the business union.
The situation, which includes social mobilizations, piracy and road infrastructure problems, has resulted in significant economic impacts.
Losses of $1.73 trillion due to social mobilizations, $6.4 billion due to piracy and $1.9 trillion due to infrastructure problems are estimated.
“These figures are worrying and highlight the urgent need to address this issue comprehensively. “Road blockades not only affect the movement of goods, but also create uncertainty among investors and weaken confidence in the country’s logistical stability,” explained Andi.
Likewise, he stressed the importance of resorting to the principle that the rights of every citizen “go as far as the fundamental rights of others begin, understanding that there is a legitimate expression of social demands of some people”.
In addition to the economic impact, the blockades also worsened emergency medical care, the supply of basic foodstuffs, and the production and transportation of agricultural production.
For this reason, Andi called on the authorities to find effective solutions to the situation and protect the rights of Colombians.