Strike action by the Receita Federal (customs) in Brazil has entered its fourth week and is now causing severe delays for shippers and carriers alike, according to the Journal of Commerce.
The containers at port of Santos are being delayed between five days and week, according to the Sao Paulo and Santos Ship agents Association (Sindamar) and other sources in the port city, which said that containers are missing their sailings and racking up detention and demurrage fees.
Adding to the trouble, officials in the tax analysts section of the Receita Federal have joined the strike and delays are also mounting at key border crossings, particularly along the borders with Argentina and Paraguay.
Many transshipment connections in Santos have been broken, spreading the delays well beyond Brazil.
Please be guided accordingly. RCL Agencies will provide more updates once available.