All Argentinian ports, including Buenos Aires and Rosario, will not work for 48 hours, affecting grain exports, starting tonight. Unions complain that maritime safety is treated as “just another commodity”. In practice, no barge will be able to leave the country in that period. Unions seek new regulations that would assure the safety of professionals in local ports, channels, and rivers.
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Because of a conflict that is extended for over four days, there are over 60-grain barges stuck in the region of Rosario, the main export port of Argentina, and that can generate losses of up to US$ 25,000 per boat. Workers of the oilseed complex of Rosario demand an update of the regional minimum wage. The total loss in these four days is estimated at US$ 1.5 million. There is no sign that the strike could be lifted anytime soon.
The Terminal of Grains of the state of Maranhão (Tegram), located in Itaqui port in the Northeastern state, has broke a new record in April with exports of eleven ships of loaded with grains. The total volume in the period was 726,500 metric tons. Considering the first four months of the year, there was a volume 0f 1.28 million metric tons exported of corn and soybeans. The importance of that terminal is to replace the overloaded ports of Santos (São Paulo), Paranaguá (Paraná), and Rio Grande (Rio Grande do Sul), which account for more than half of the total grain exports. The terminal is closer to Brazil’s major state producer of soybeans, Mato Grosso, than all of these locations.
Data from the Argentinian Federation of the Cargo Transport Companies reveals that there was an increase of 2.4 percent on transport costs in the country in March. From January to April, there was an overal transport increase of 7.4 percent acummulated. The Federation blames a general cost hike, including tolls, license plates, financial costs and fuel.
Sales of soybeans in January in Brazil have reached 29,800 tons on average per day, according to official data. The number of the previous year was 19,700 tons per day. This happens while the harvest reached four percent of the total crop. Analysts say that the sales have increased because of the anticipated harvest. Tradings bet that there will be no logistical setbacks, though there will be a record crop.
The Center of Cereal Exporters of Argentina announced that the country exported last week nearly US$ 537.7 million of grains and oilseeds. Accounting the value exported since the first day of 2017, the sum reaches US$ 1.2 billion. The grain exports accounted US$ 23.9 billion in the year of 2016. Considering all of Argentina’s exports, the oilseed complex has 32.4 percent of the total value.
The first shipment of the 2016/2017 soybean crop left Rosario today and was a vessel of 25 tons that came from the province of Formosa by the farmer Eduardo Tessore.
In Brazil’s major soybean producing state, Mato Grosso, truckers are in a strike that continues for the fourth straight day over the road BR-364. The movement will affect the shipping of corn and soybeans, as the harvest has already started. Protesters seek to renegotiate with major players such as Bunge and Archer Daniels Midlange the payments for truckers. There is not a full blockade in any of the roads of Mato Grosso so far, according to local sources, but the protests have slowed down transporation at BR-364.
As a mid-term solution for the transportion problems in the Northwest of Argentina, a railway would be reactivated connecting the province of Salta to the ports of Antofagasta and Mejillones, in Chile. The train would be operated by the companies Belgrano Cargas (Argentina) and Ferronor (Chile) with an estimate of a reduction of freight costs to a third of the current prices. The trains now started to transport 500 tons per week and would make grains produced in Salta more competitive. The transport of grain would compete also with mining inputs.
The transportation of corn grains has lowered this season in Brazil to historic low levels. According to the Mato Grosso Institute of Agricultural Economics (Imea), the average freight costs from Sorriso, Mato Grosso, to the port of Santos dropped 32.2 percent comparing to last year. It now costs R$ 228.33 (nearly US$ 70) per ton. The lowers costs are a result of a smaller demand for corn at this time.
By Luís Vieira
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A surprising strike is expected to shake the corn and soybean market, for the next days. The Argentine Confederation of Automotive Transportation of Cargo has promised to block major ports like Buenos Aires and Santa Fe. If it is not successful, it promises to block major grain export ports in the country like the ports of Rosario, Bahia Blanca and Necochea.
Already, protests are occurring at export ports. On Thursday, the striking group announced it will begin blocking major grain ports on Tuesday morning.