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Exports worth millions of dollars stuck due to war

Factories suffering as their products are stuck at ports; kibbutz factories alone have USD 10 million in exports waiting to be shipped

Tani Goldstein
Published: 07.27.06, 22:12 / Israel Business

Exports worth tens of millions of dollars are stuck at ports due to the war in the north.

 

Forty-five Kibbutz factories in northern Israel have products worth USD 10 million at ports waiting to be exported, the Kibbutz Industries Association (KIA) said.

 

"We are making an utmost effort to send the orders through the Ashdod port to fulfill our commitments to costumers," KIA Chairman Jonathan Melamed said.

 

Melamed said that some industries airlifted orders to costumers despite registering losses due to higher shipment prices. He said if the situation last longer, factories will suffer greater losses.

 

Most factories in northern kibbutzim are open despite the ongoing rocket attacks. Some are producing way below full capacity die to the situation, while others are working extra hours to ensure there are fewer workers on premises for each shift.

 

Some kibbutzim have sent residents to communities situated south of Haifa.

 

"Kibbutzim are the first to understand the situation and participate in national efforts and we know that government offices and all players are their utmost to help the exporters. Despite that, it is important that everyone knows that we are suffering losses and we need to be compensated," he added.

 

Melamed said the current situation will affect the cash flow of most kibbutzim and other factories.

 

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