Weekend Production Update From Ecuador

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For over nearly two weeks, Ecuador has been experiencing riots, strikes, mass protests, road blocks, and looting.   The social unrest began after the government’s announcement to eliminate the gasoline subsidy.

The violence began with strikes and roadblocks in and out of the city managed by private transportation managers, but was escalated by the Indigenous people of Ecuador with mass protests, riots, including looting of markets and stores in the city.  Safety has become an issue for many people, and the staff in our own Ecuadorian offices at the World Trade Center located in Quito are working from home for their own safety, but are keeping us as informed as possible.

Protesters block a street during anti-government protests in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo / Dolores Ochoa)

Curfews have been put in place by the government in and around the city of Quito.  This means that strategic points, including the Quito airport will be affected by this curfew, which means that nobody can mobilize around the city limits after a specific time.  In most cases our flowers are being delivered during the night to the airport.   In a report from our offices in Quito’s World Trade Center yesterday, flights from Sunday and Monday out of Ecuador both passenger and freighter operations were cancelled.



In a new report, updated today from our Quito offices, the Ecuadorian government has agreed to restore the fuel subsidies in a new deal with the Indigenous leaders to end the mass protests.  So while the social unrest seems to be over, please understand that the farms of Ecuador will be doing their best to get back to their normal activities.  It may take a few days to have their post harvest and production capabilities back to full capacity.  We may see some late freight, late flights, and missing product even into next week, but we will keep you up to date as much as possible.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo By[Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters]




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