Published On: Mon, Apr 16th, 2018

First fruit boats arrived after a month and a half

Trav-Curacao-Floating-Market-1-rs-446x300WILLEMSTAD - Early this morning the first fruit boats from Venezuela arrived in Willemstad. One of them, the Margot, sailed as the first boat after a month and a half and is soon it will be followed by more of these Venezuelan boats. But today 8 boats arrived. 6 empty and 2 loaded with fruits and vegetables.

The boats were not allowed to unload since they did were not able to show all the necessary documents. The Curaçao customs did give them the time to produce those documents to be able to unload their cargo.

On the 2nd of March, the last boats went back to Vela di Coro. The borders are now open again after the Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok signed an agreement with the Venezuelan government. The boats have to moor at the Kleine Werf for the time being.

The Curaçao government still has to decide where the boats will be moored. It is not sure if they will take up the traditional spot in Punda since the Minister of Economic Affairs Steven Martina has promised this prime location to local artisans and farmers.

The renovation of the Sha Caprileskade is still in full swing for local entrepreneurs who will take the place of the Venezuelan traders of the floating market.

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