Truckers’ strike hits Brazil’s soy exports hard

Truckers’ strike hits Brazil’s soy exports hard

A protracted truckers strike in Brazil sees more than 60 vessels facing loading delays out of South America’s largest nation.

Fighting for better pay since last month, the truckers’ action is having a detrimental effect on Brazil’s agricultural exports.

The country’s agricultural minister, Blairo Maggi, told reporters yesterday that at least 60 ships are facing delays at the moment.

“There are a lot of products waiting for transportation. We should be moving 450,000 tonnes of goods to ports every day, but we are not,” Maggi said at a press conference attended by Reuters.

The minister added that the situation is having a negative impact on forward sales of the new Brazilian soy crop.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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