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Brazil's Santos Port Badly Hit By Four-Week-Old Customs Strike

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Brazil's Santos Port Badly Hit By Four-Week-Old Customs Strike 2017-11-24

South America's largest port, Santos of Brazil, has been hard hit by strike action by the nation's customs officials, which has intensified as it enters its fourth week.
The strike is also causing severe delays to carriers, with containers missing their sailings and racking up detention and demurrage fees, according to the Sao Paulo and Santos Ship agents Association (Sindamar).
Adding to the trouble, tax analysts have joined the strike, and delays are also mounting at key border crossings, particularly along the borders with Argentina and Paraguay.
"Loads that are normally cleared in 24 hours accumulate in the terminals waiting for authorizations," said Jose Roque, the executive president for Sindamar. "If this situation persists, terminals are expected to exhaust their physical capacity for storage shortly and all their spaces will be occupied due to lack of clearance, with ships leaving Santos without all scheduled loads, resulting in loss of revenue from maritime freight."
Read more in an article from the Shipping Gazette.


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