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Brazilian truckers' strike causes nationwide chaos

Since May 20, truckers in Brazil have been on strike to protest against rising fuel prices. The strike caused nationwide chaos and delays in shipments. As of yesterday afternoon, May 30 the strike started to dissipate, but delays can still be expected due to the backlog.
Brazilian truckers' strike causes nationwide chaos

It has been more than a week since truck drivers blocked roads across Brazil. The ongoing strike has caused major disruptions to Brazilian’s daily lives and the nation’s commerce. The strike started to dissipate yesterday afternoon. Gas stations are being supplied at a better pace. Today, over 20% of the gas stations were sufficiently supplied in Sao Paolo.

Impact on Air and Sea freight

Ocean Freight: After the autonomous truck drivers decided to keep the strike on the port of Santos, army soldiers, Baep soldiers and the Brazilian Navy arrived at the scene with armored vehicles this morning, to guarantee access to the Port and the exit of the trucks, that were inside the terminals. Despite the crowding of truck drivers on site, there are no longer any roadblocks.

Air freight: VCP and GRU are operating normally, but warehouses are still full. There will still be difficulties to move cargo in and out of the terminals, however the situation has improved compared to yesterday.

General impact:

  • Some gas stations were left empty; citizens could not find gas stations to fuel their vehicles to go to work.
  • Blocked roads and lack of fuel for vehicles sparked a shortage of perishable foods.

DACHSER will keep you informed about the strike situation. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your local DACHSER representative.

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