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Chile hit by lengthy port strike

January 17, 2014

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A strike in Chile’s top port continues to block shipments of fruits and is causing big losses for farmers and exporters.

Chile is a major global exporter of fruit. More than 30 percent of all its fruit exports go through the San Antonio port located some 70 miles northeast of Santiago.

Industry officials say they’ve suffered more than $100 million in losses since the stoppage began on Jan. 3.

Chile’s truck drivers’ confederation urged dockers Friday to meet with government officials and port managers to end the strike.

The government refuses to negotiate until port workers end the stoppage. Workers are demanding retroactive lunch subsidies.

Recent port strikes at about a dozen other ports have also halted some exports of copper.

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