• Short Summary

    A strike by 5,000 Italian customs men has brought trade between Italy and the rest of the world to a virtual halt.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Ventimiglia PAN TO Lorries waiting at customs post (3 shots)
    0.26

    2.
    SV & CU Lorry carrying cattle (2 shots)
    0.32

    3.
    GV Lorries TU TO Italian flag
    0.38

    4.
    SV PAN Finance Guard building TO Drivers waiting for customs clearance (2 shots)
    0.48

    5.
    SV & CU Strike posters (2 shots)
    0.54

    6.
    GV Lorries waiting
    0.58



    Initials ESP/2302 ESP/2310



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A strike by 5,000 Italian customs men has brought trade between Italy and the rest of the world to a virtual halt. The strike began on 29 March.

    Thousands of lorries laden with goods are waiting for customs clearance on both sides of Italy's borders with France, Switzerland and Austria. Commercial air, sea and rail traffic is also badly hit. Only cars, ships and aircraft carrying passengers are moving normally.

    The customs men are threatening to stay on strike until Sunday (8 April) over changes in Italian Customs regulations, which they say have deprived them of certain privileges and fringe benefits.

    The strike has led to frayed tempers, and lorry drivers from West Germany, Holland and Austria have threatened to crash through the Italian customs post on the Brenner Pass from Austria.

    In a bid to clear some of the traffic, the Italian Government has switched every available member of the Guardia di Finanza (Finance Guard) over to customs duties.

    SYNOPSIS: The Italian border post of Ventimiglia, on the country's north-western border with France, is just one place where the effects of the present Customs strike are all too visible. Thousand of lorries laden with goods are waiting for customs clearance on both sides of Italy's borders with France, Switzerland and Austria.

    Italy's 5,000 customs men say they will not return to work until Sunday. They struck on 29 March over changes in the Customs regulations. These, they claim, have deprived them of certain privileges and fringe benefits.

    The Guardia di Finanza -- Finance Guard -- has been called in by the Government to clear some of the delayed commercial traffic through Customs. Air, sea and rail shipment have also been badly hit by the strike. Only cars, ships and aircraft carrying passengers are moving normally.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9ON6VJQRNS5NEPN6SS1LIV5GW
    Media URN:
    VLVA9ON6VJQRNS5NEPN6SS1LIV5GW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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