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Brazil: Update On Truckers’ Protests

May 25, 2018   |   General

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Our partner in Brazil advises the following in regards to the strikes by Brazilian truckers reported yesterday:

The Brazilian Federal Government has reached a deal with some leaders of the trucker´s strike yesterday, pledging to reduce the tax on fuel among other measures.

However the great majority of roads are still blocked and there is no major change to the situation.

Currently it is almost impossible to move cargo by truck in all the major cities, including to/from ports and airports.

Should the protests continue the Government is threatening to mobilize the Army to clear the roads.


May 24, 2018

Brazil, already subject to a strike by Customs workers, now faces further problems due to truck drivers protesting hikes in the price of fuel.

More than 300,000 autonomous truck drivers in 18 ports held protests and blocked traffic, with the expectation that the protest would spread to other ports at the coasts and inland.

The truckers protest increases in diesel fuel prices of up to 40% over the last six months.

The trucker’s protests will further delay cargo movements, which are now expected to be delayed between 11-23 days on import and 6-10 days on export cargo.

Your V. Alexander Teams will advise you of any delays that might be caused by these protests.


May 16, 2018

Our partners in Brazil advise that Brazilian Customs workers plan to intensify their strike movement in the next 30 days.

Regular Customs operations will be affected, while “essential services” will be provided without disruption, meaning that so-called "green flag” export and import entries should not be affected while entries assigned "yellow" (document checking) or "red" (document/cargo inspection) flags should be impacted by the strike.

We are monitoring the situation and will advise any updates to the overall situation or affected shipments as soon as they are available.


April 30, 2018

Auditors with Brazil’s Customs Office have intensified their strike actions in the past two weeks to force the administration to increase pay, offer a bonus plan, and improve their pensions.

Increased “all-day strikes” lead to delays of up to 3 weeks in the handling of about 4,000 containers, with some imports being delayed for up to 21 days.

Export are being delayed up to three days – they usually would be cleared in a few hours.


April 19, 2018

An ongoing strike by Brazilian Customs workers over health benefits is impacting import and export shipments to and from Brazil.

Import and export clearances face delays at ports and airports, although there is no impact on the actual port operations.

It is not clear if and when the strike will end as the negotiations have not yet reached results acceptable for both sides.




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