Weeklong Customs Strike Hits Brazilian Ports Beginning May 22nd

A week-long strike at all major Brazilian ports, initiated by The Sindifisco, trade union for the audit inspectors at the Receita Federal (Federal Revenue, or customs department) is continuing Monday May 22nd,  according to the Journal of Commerce.

The national branch of Sindifisco’s decision to vote Friday night to continue with a plan to strike is set to stall even more containers at marine terminals. Labor actions have already caused delays at Santos marine terminals by putting thousands of containers in limbo because they can’t be cleared. The union is attempting to persuade the government of Michel Temer to overturn a plan to cut pensions and phase out early retirements.

The Santos branch has not yet decided whether to implement an all-out and indefinite strike or to just carry out a five-day “Work to Rule,” or “Operacao Padrao.” Renato Tavares, the president of Sindifisco, boasted that each day of the stoppage will cause the delay of at least 1,000 containers in Santos, putting the potential backlog for the week at 7,000 containers.

The lack of checks and customs clearing is already starting to cause delays and congestion in each of the four main box terminals in Santos: Tecon Santos, BTP, Embraport and Libra Terminais. Another major choke point is Uruguiana, the main border crossing into Uruguay where it was reported Saturday that some 800 trucks, many transporting containers and automobiles are choking up border roads waiting for clearance.

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