Argentine customs strike on 8 June to hit grain exports

Grain exports from Argentina were likely to be affected by a seven-hour strike by customs officers on Tuesday, as the officials press for priority access to coveted COVID-19 vaccinations, the port manager said on Monday 7 June.


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via The Pig Site - 8 June 2021


"It seems that it is going to affect all exports of all ports in Argentina," Guillermo Wade, manager of the Chamber of Port and Maritime Activities (CAPyM), told Reuters.


Tugboat captains similarly walked off the job last month to pressure the government into giving them vaccines, as the South American grains powerhouse gets hit by a second wave of infections at the height of soy and corn harvesting season.


Argentina is the world's number-three exporter of corn and its top supplier of soymeal livestock feed used to fatten hogs and poultry from Europe to Southeast Asia. The South American grains powerhouse also exports wheat, mostly to neighboring Brazil.


"Customs officers need to be present for import and export operations, so we hope this will be solved," Wade added...