Due to “indefinite” Brazilian customs strike ,there may be delays with cargo flow at seaports, airports, termed secondary zones and bonded warehouses for weeks , the Journal of Commerce reports.
Sources say that ‘green channel’ cargo will be cleared in primary zones, but cargo which requires clearance will not be released. Brazil’s airport operator Infraero expects congestion at airports, and an impact on cargo capacity. Cargolux told The Loadstar that the situation is currently ‘stable’, with transit cargo suffering most. Port terminals will also be challenged, and may not accept cargo.
Shipping agent Inchcape Shipping Services told The Loadstar that negotiations due to take place this week would be “critical”.
Francisco Villagrán, ISS’s general manager of Brazil said that civil servants of the “auditor class”, of which Customs officers are part, sent a letter to Brazilian president Vana Rousseff requesting a hearing and informing of strike action on 18 June as part of its wage negotiations with the government.
“In the meantime national Customs started several strikes at a small scale in different ports as a pressure measure to demonstrate their position and the effects they can cause over the national economy in case their requirements are not met,” as Villagran said. The strikes of different sizes and manners had affected normal port operations in most of Brazil’s major ports, including Santos, Paranagua, Salvador, Manaus, Santarem, Santana, and Itacoatiara.
Customs have informed agents and other port industry stakeholders that they will be stopping two days a week, while the remaining days “they will work at a minimum level, therefore there are delays expected in the port operations until this matter be solved”.
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