Madeira running out of essential goods
The strike at ports on the continent is having vast effects on the regional economy, but the one that is most felt is the lack of essential goods, particularly food supplies.
The Diario reports that, in one of the largest commercial areas in Madeira, the Continente at São Martinho, the shelves of meat, more precisely beef, pork, national chicken and turkey are largely empty. In addition, canned and dairy products are scarce and they describe prices are becoming ‘prohibitive’ for most consumers. For example, a kilo of beef mince was €10.99, or veal up to as much as €12.99/kilo
In this particular establishment, in the middle of Saturday afternoon, there was no meat other than whole regional chicken. In chilled meats there was little choice, and pork, being one of the most sought after meats, was sold out.
This situation was expected to happen, since the containers that are arriving in Madeira in the boats do not even come full. For example, last Monday the ship ‘Funchalense 5’ came from Lisbon to Porto do Caniçal with just over half of its occupied capacity.
As far as the Diario has been able to ascertain, a container ship, the ‘Rebecca S’, was expected to arrive yesterday, coming from Porto Santo where it was also calling. But, the truth, the newspaper says, none of this is confirmed or guaranteed.
To make matters worse, there is a threat of further stoppages, with not even the “minimum guaranteed services” level of supply of container ships guaranteed.