Tunapuna Chamber tells Gov't: Fix sea bridge
The Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GTCIC) is calling on the Government to address the ongoing sea bridge fiasco.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the GTIC said the time has come for all stakeholders to put their differences aside as they seek to find solutions to the problems.
According to the release, Tunapuna businesses are among those negatively impacted by the current situation.
The Chamber said one small-sized distribution company with 10 employees is unable to supply purchasers in Tobago with goods, due to the collapse of the sea bridge supply line.
Meanwhile, it said the National Shoe and Occupational Solutions Company Ltd (NATCO) which has 40 employees and an outlet in Tobago has growing concerns as the sea-bridge collapse has affected vital aspects of their business operations in the sister isle.
“The company’s delivery and transport costs have increased as they try to find innovative ways to effectively service their Tobago customers.”
“NATCO continues to absorb most of these increased costs to avoid additional economic burden to their valued Tobago customers.”
GTIC outlined a list of the following problems Tunapuna businesses are facing with the collapse of the sea bridge:
1 In a struggling economy, companies that do business in Tobago now have to spend more to get goods across to the sister isle, having been forced to use the more expensive air bridge.
2 Additionally, because the vessel sailings are unreliable, companies struggle to prepare and plan their delivery/transport operations in Tobago.
3 Businesses who have built a reputation on providing quality customer service to their valued clients face failing relationships due to untimely deliveries and poor responsiveness to their customers’ needs.
The Tunapuna Chamber said business owners in Tobago previously expressed hope that the Easter weekend would bring some respite, however, that did not occur.
It added that media reports of thousands of passengers stranded at both national airports is a major cause for concern.
The GTCIC ended the release by saying it stands in solidarity with the Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
“We pledge to support the sister isle and portray the unity our country so desperately needs at this time.”
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