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Wednesday, 10 August 2022 07:22 GMT

Argentine trucker strike reduces grain deliveries, jeopardizing exports, milling


(MENAFN) On Wednesday, a truck driver strikes in Argentina threatened to halt the country's grain exports by reducing the number of freight vehicles bringing grains to the country's main port.

According to the regional Road Safety Agency, truck owner guilds protesting high diesel prices and shortages blocked the passage of laden trucks on several roadways in the province of Santa Fe, home to port of Rosario, which serves as the gateway for around 80% of Argentine agricultural exports.

According to the Rosario Grains Exchange, 889 grain trucks landed at Rosario ports on the Parana River on Wednesday, 76 percent fewer than a year earlier. Trucks carry more than 80 percent of grains headed for export in Argentina.

"As of today, we are missing more than 400,000 tons (of merchandise), so we are close to running out of grains," Gustavo Idigoras, the head of the grain exporters and crushers chamber in Buenos Aires, informed a news agency.

Argentina is the world's leading exporter of refined soybean oil and meal, the world's second largest exporter of corn, and a key worldwide supplier of wheat and cattle.

According to Guillermo Wade, manager of the Rosario Chamber of Port and Maritime Activities, the protest is preventing grain replenishment for crushing and shipping.

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