Five days of roadblocks by truckers at the Argentine grain port Bahia Blanca came to an end on Thursday, clearing the way for grain cargos to enter the port terminals. The truckers were protesting for higher wages and had denied entry to the port of any grain-carrying trucks.
Although “normality has returned” to the port, Carlos Sosa, a member of the board of the Bahia Blanca Port Management Consortium, said the truckers have stated they may resume the protest in 72 hours if their wage demands are not met.
The Bahia Blanca port has recently experienced higher-than-usual volumes, as some grains that would normally ship from Rosario, on the Parana River, are being transported by truck to the ocean port because of the river’s low water level, then added to the ships to make up full loads.
Gustavo Idigoras, head of the local CIARA-CEC export and soy-crushing company chamber, said the extra trucking has significantly raised logistics costs for the crops. He said the truckers’ demand for more money at this time is “extortionate.”