Trucker Protest in Argentina Threatens Grain Exports

USAgNet - 07/01/2022

An Argentine truckers strike continued on Thursday, though eased in some key areas around the major grains hub of Rosario, helping improve the flow of grains tracks to ports, a local transport agency and grains exchanges said.

Reuters reports that the truck driver protest over high fuel prices which started last week has threatened to paralyze grains exports during a key harvest period. Argentina is the world's top exporter of process soyoil and meal and the No. 2 for corn.

Truck numbers entering ports, however, picked up on Thursday rising some 70% versus a day earlier to over 1,500 though below normal average levels, according to the Rosario grains exchange as protesters allowed more grains cargoes to pass.

The trucks that we had yesterday on the hard shoulder areas have been moved and the only area really with protesters is well in the south of the province, said the road safety agency in Santa Fe, the region where Rosario is located.

Rosario's inland ports are the point of departure for 80% of Argentina's agricultural exports. Most of those arrive by truck.


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