Shepparton’s Boumbis Orchards has been caught up in the dock strike in Melbourne, with $40000 worth of pears in jeopardy.
Orchard director Don Boumbis said by now the pears should have been sold.
‘‘It’s been three weeks when it should have been overseas and sold,’’ he said.
It might get to the other side (overseas) in two weeks. By the time they get there it will be five weeks and they could be rotten.
‘‘No-one wants to be involved in insurance claims, because it was a strike.’’
Mr Boumbis said with his fruit in limbo, his business’ cash flow was non-existent.
‘‘There’s no cash flow. We still have to pay freight, packers and carriers. It’s got to come out of someone’s pocket,’’ he said.
Victoria Police said the protest ended peacefully, and the area was clear.
Two protesters who blockaded the entries to the shipping port in Footscray are expected to be charged with transport offences.