The liner carrier MOL on Friday advised customers that it would not be discharging cargo at the Port of Lisbon due to social unrest related to a series of strikes affecting the port.
Dockworkers in Portugal have been protesting since Sept. 17 over a government plan to reduce port costs in an effort to induce more exports from the country, but labor unions see the plan as a way to cut their workforce in half.
The strike, which labor officials said has been adhered to by 99 percent of longshoremen, has crippled the nation’s goods movement system, with trucks backed up at Lisbon’s ports.
MOL said it will use an alternative port while the strike persists.
“Recently operations at the Port of Lisbon have been seriously affected by strike actions,” the line said in a note. “This has forced us to discharge your cargo at the alternative port of Leixoes where cargoes are released to the consignees. As per the latest information received the social unrest at Lisbon may continue until late October. As long as the social unrest at Lisbon continues any cargoes accepted for discharge at Lisbon may be deviated to Leixoes where you can pick up your cargo.” - Eric Johnson