Strike by Customs Financial Auditors Adds to Delays at Santos Port

The Brazilian port of Santos faces a new wave of strikes as backroom financial auditors for the customs agency join officers in the field that are already carrying out a nationwide strike , according to  the Journal of Commerce.

Last week  two-day strike caused major delays at the port and losses of 3.1 million reais ($986,281), according to the Santos Ship Agents Association, or Sindamar. The back office financial auditors are asking  for a pay increase of around 10 percent and larger pension contributions from the government.

The delays have impacted operations at all six of the Santos container terminals. The backlog of containers in the harbor is
estimated at around 2,000. The time taken for the clearance process for export containers on both banks of the port has
rapidly risen from three to four days before the strike to an average of 10 days.

The strike is compounding the problems that the largest port in South America has wrestled with since spring, when dockworker unions started a series of strike actions impacting ports, airports, and border crossings.  Those strike issues were only resolved last month.

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