Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHAOPT) (http://www.ochaopt.org/default.aspx )
During the five years and ten months that has passed since the Blockade was fully implemented in June 2007, till last of April 2012, the total export from the Gaza strip has amounted to 1184 truck-loads. That is less than what was exported in six weeks in the Spring of 2007. This has resulted in serious consequences, mainly for private enterprises and the domestic labour market in Gaza. Gisha reports that 83% of companies active before the Blockade have now been closed down, are dormant or working with much reduced capacity - both because they cannot export or import raw materials, machinery or spare parts. This is one of several reasons resulting in the high unemployment rate in the Gaza strip. Those not unemployed are increasingly dependent on a labour market run by the Government or those controlling the tunnel traffic.