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Argentine Grain Truckers Strike During Harvest

About 85% of the country's grain volume is transported by truck


Truckers in Argentina started an indefinite strike on Monday to demand higher rates for transporting grain and livestock, which could hit grain exports during a key part of the harvest, reports Reuters.

About 85% of Argentina's grain volume is transported by truck from the fields to the country's ports, and truck traffic is particularly heavy during the second quarter of the year.

Although truckers, the government and rural associations agreed on new rates for grain transportation in early February, FETRA said in a statement increases in the price of diesel have made it "impossible to continue working under reasonable conditions."

A spokesperson of the Federation of Argentine Transporters (FETRA) told Reuters there are no negotiations underway and the strike has no definite timeline.

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