For the fourth day in a row, the road BR-163, which is located in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, has a truckers’ strike that blocks both sides of the highway. The strike is also in two other grain producing states such as Parana and Rio Grande do Sul. The protest happens due to the increase of taxes on diesel.
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Truckers have blocked the road BR-163, which is located at the heart of grain production in Mato Grosso, for the third day in a row. Protesters want the government to rectify the bill that raised taxes on fuels this week. Both sides of the highway are blocked near Sorriso and Nova Mutum. Demonstrators have not set a date to end the strike.
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.
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.