Protest by Argentinian truckers cut grain delivery, threatening exports and milling


Trucks blocking a highway are pictured near a burning barricade as Argentinian truckers protest shortages and rising diesel fuel prices, just as the country’s crucial grain harvest requires transportation amid inflation galloping, in San Nicolas, near Rosario, Argentina, June 23, 2022. REUTERS / Miguel Lo Bianco

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BUENOS AIRES, June 29 (Reuters) – A protest by truckers in Argentina threatens to cripple the country’s grain exports, reducing the number of vehicles carrying grain to the country’s main port on Wednesday.

The Provincial Highway Safety Agency said truck owner guilds protesting high diesel prices and shortages were blocking the passage of loaded trucks on various roads in the province of Santa Fe, home to the port city of Rosario, the gateway to around 80% of Argentine agricultural exports.

On Wednesday, 889 grain trucks arrived at Rosario terminals on the Paraná River, down 76% from a year ago, the Rosario Grain Exchange reported. More than 80% of grain for export is transported by truck in Argentina.

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“As of today, we are missing more than 400,000 tons (of goods), so we are on the verge of running out of cereals,” Gustavo Idigoras, head of the chamber of cereal exporters and grinders in Buenos Aires, told Reuters. .

Argentina is the world’s leading exporter of processed soybean oil and meal, the no. 2 exporter of corn, as well as a major global supplier of wheat and beef.

Guillermo Wade, director of the Chamber of Port and Maritime Activities of Rosario, said the protest did not allow the resupply of grain for milling and shipping.

Over the weekend, the country’s transport minister, Alexis Guerrera, said the diesel shortage would be resolved within 15 to 20 days thanks to the arrival of ships carrying fuel imports.

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Reporting by Maximilian Heath; Written by Carolina Pulice; Editing by Brendan O’Boyle and Sandra Maler

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