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.