The carrier strike announced for this Monday, June 27, and which could last for 10 days, would directly affect thousands of people in the Peru. One of the sectors that would be hardest hit is that of restaurants, especially those small and medium-sized businesses that would be prevented from making daily purchases in a situation of shortage.
Thus warned Blanca Chávez, president of the Peruvian Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Related (Now-Peru). “There are more small restaurants than big ones. We are talking about less than 100,000 restaurants. 80% are small, medium and informal —about 80,000—; the rest are medium and large. All those people who are families that work to eat, there is going to affect a lot, “she said.
The leader of the union called for the smaller businesses to stock up for a week during the strike, if it is within their possibilities. “They are going to have to close the days that there are unemployment. They will be able to do a maximum of two days, but they cannot do more. Large businesses have (refrigeration) chambers. They don’t have much of a problem. They will still be affected, but to a lesser extent. The problem is the medium and small ones”, remarked Blanca Chávez.
Different associations linked to the gastronomy They have been organizing activities for Ceviche Day, which will be celebrated on June 28, as well as in the previous days. These celebrations would be cut short by the strike. “They are promoting Ceviche Week, also that there is internal tourism next weekend. What tourism will there be if we have these problems? Everything is falling apart: internal tourism, business in Lima”, he continued.
“If our president is really interested in humble people, people who work, he cannot allow the strike to begin,” Chavez declared.
How would the markets be affected?
The impact on markets of the capital will depend on the time that the strike of transporters lasts. The president of the Peruvian Agro Convention (Conveagro), Clímaco Cárdenas, indicated that Lima could suffer shortages of basic products in a short time.
“If the strike lasts up to three days, from then on the affectation begins, and in 10 days Lima would be without food”, emphasized. This Friday, June 24, representatives of heavy cargo carriers met with members of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC).
The Metropolitan Municipality of Lima (MML) reported that the Great Wholesale Market is stocked with food at the moment. Through a statement they indicated that wholesalers, in coordination with farmersincreased the volume of their orders between 30% and 40% as a forecast to avoid shortages and price increases.
They also highlighted that entrepreneurs have 48 temporary warehouses at their disposal to store surplus products. After a tour carried out on Friday 24, they indicated that products such as onion, sweet potato, kion, purple corn, yellow potato, vanilla bean, pumpkinamong others, maintain their prices.