March 25, 2020 | Successful Farming, Reuters

Brazil’s Peak Soybean Export Season Collides with COVID-19

Port workers threaten to strike, two towns locked down

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In Brazil, some port workers, especially in Santos, the South American country’s largest port, have considered a strike due to fears of the COVID-19 coronavirus, reports Successful Farming.

At least two labor unions threatened to strike, but none have, yet. And even those unions have since reconsidered. So, as of Monday, there are only talks of a strike at any Brazilian port.

In additional reporting from Reuters, the key Brazilian farm town of Canarana has issued a decree aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus that could disrupt grain export logistics and the operations of global agriculture commodities traders.

Canarana is the second major town in the heart of Brazil’s farm country to issue coronavirus measures that will potentially impact global grain traders after Rondonópolis, also in Mato Grosso state. The Rondonópolis order threatens to close soy crushing facilities.

According to a document seen by Reuters, Canarana Mayor Faria and grain traders like U.S.-based Cargill, France’s Louis Dreyfus and China’s Cofco are discussing a 10-day grace period to comply with the order.

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