unions of carriers began a protest on Wednesday for an indefinite period with route blockages in different parts of Argentina to claim the National government due to the lack of diesel and fuel surcharges. At a time when the country is at the peak of its grain harvest, road closures have generated seven kilometers of cars unemployed on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
In a statement, the National Union of Carriers (UNTRA) said that it will carry out the cessation of activities “for the purpose of amending the actions that caused it to the detriment of transportation.” In addition, he requested to establish a measure so that the rates are proportional to the rise in fuel, which has been scarce for weeks. Other transportation unions joined the protest and denounced that diesel is only available at much higher prices than those at the pump.
According to a survey by the Argentine Federation of Cargo Transport Business Entities (Fadeeac), published on its Twitter account, there are 21 provinces with fuel supply problems, including Buenos Aires. Meanwhile, the Argentine Rural Society denounced in a recent statement “the problems generated by the scarce or null supply of fuel as well as the surcharges that we must pay.”
Promises from the national government
The National government He assured that he is taking measures to solve the problem. “The lack of diesel is a conflict, a claim, which is a reality that has to do with growth,” said the spokeswoman for the Presidency, Gabriela Cerruti, on the local radio station Radio Con Vos. “It is a problem that is being solved and a number of measures are being taken (…) there are still some outbreaks,” she added.
In the midst of the prolonged energy deficit that affects the Argentine balance, the Ministry of Energy raised the mandatory proportion of biodiesel used in the mixture with fossil fuels in search of supplying the greater local demand, mainly from the agro-export sector. According to the Government, the domestic demand for diesel faced increases of more than 14% during the first four months of the year, compared to the same period in 2021.
The president of the Argentine Federation of Business Entities of Freight Transport (FADEAAC) Roberto Guarnieri warned a few days ago of overpricing in the interior. At some service stations in the interior of the country they are charging a liter of “blue” diesel between $200 and $240: “It is an overprice. They give you 100 liters, but if you need more they charge you more. In some places, they don’t even give an invoice for the sale. You cannot charge more than what comes out, which is $130”, he pointed out.
“Every day there is less fuel and more and more trucks are stopped waiting to load and continue their journey. We have been in this situation for more than 70 days. We are very punished because the lack of diesel makes it very difficult for the carrier, “said the leader in dialogue with Antonio Fernández Llorente in “990 Without a story”, by La990.