19 July 2012 23:09 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--A four-day strike this week at Brazil’s main ports by customs officers has slowed most cargo clearance and vessel movements in the South American country, shipping sources said on Thursday.
Continuing a slowdown that began in late June, Brazilian customs officials increased their work-stoppage from two to four days a week, providing no import or export clearance at major ports during the period.
The customs officers want better salaries and working conditions.
Inchcape Shipping Services on Thursday said the strike’s impact has worsened in the country’s major ports including Santos, which is the largest in Latin America.
Barbara Altman, a branch manager at logistics firm Bellville Rodair International in Port Alegre, said the strike has affected chemical traffic just as it has container or dry bulk cargoes, though she could not cite specific examples.
Altman said perishable cargoes have priority.
Earlier this month, Inchcape nicknamed the work stoppage the Turtle Strike because customs officials are working slowly in most of the ports while negotiating.
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