This is the formal warning from FedEx:
Truck’s transportation companies declared 5 days of strike starting as off today. The situation will become more and more critical since all main highways (A1-A4-A7) are blocked by demonstrations. Volume destined to non direct served area are going to miss commitment.
The courier service from Spain to Italy, always pretty indifferent, is going to be non-existant for a while. See it here http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/index/italian-truckers-on-strike/20017934329.htm
What it means for Italy is lost exports, bare supermarket shelves and a load of misery just when they have a non-partisan government trying to sort out their dire economy. What it means for urgent courier deliveries to Italy from Spain or to courier from Italy worldwide is, outside of Rome and Milan, forget your courier package getting through.
Really, Italy vexes me more than most European countries. We have a disproportionate problem sending items to Italy, suitcases to Greece are way easier. Courier to Benelux or Ireland almost never fails. Courier to Germany or France has just the occasional problem. Italian courier packages have so many problems and not just due to the current road strike, it really seems, as I told one customer today, that they just don’t want to get out of bed in the morning.