TNI || New Delhi || 12th March 2022
Due to the recent “explosion” in gasoline costs, Italy’s road haulage companies have announced that services will be suspended across the country beginning Monday, March 14th.
According to Italian media sources, Trasportiunito, the Italian haulage industry union, stated the planned action was not really a strike, but rather an “inevitable” suspension of services owing to “force majeure”—specifically, the rising cost of fuel.
In a letter delivered to the government this week, the union said it was organising action taken by hauliers who “are no longer able to ensure contractual duties” due to gasoline prices.
It’s unclear how long this suspension will remain, but industry groups have warned that if the government does not intervene to lower fuel prices, prices will climb.
According to retail group Codacons, the hauliers’ actions will result in a “spike” in retail prices, causing further challenges for consumers and companies already grappling with rising energy costs.
Though price hikes are predicted, supermarket executives in Italy claimed that supply chains are not in immediate danger following reports of a transport blockade of Sardinia’s ports that allegedly sparked panic shopping on the island this week