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Brazil Bridge Collapse Could Affect Grain Shipments

Potentially affects shipment of soybeans and corn through northern ports

Part of a bridge over the Moju River in Brazil’s Para state collapsed early on Saturday, potentially affecting shipment of grains such as soybeans and corn through northern ports, local authorities and an agribusiness consultant said.

Reuters reports the bridge fell after it was hit by a boat, Governor Helder Barbalho said on Twitter, where he also posted videos of a large section of the bridge in the water.

Kory Melby, an agribusiness consultant based in the city of Goiania, said the bridge was on the main route connecting Brazil’s farm country to its northern ports.

“It will probably take years for that bridge to be rebuilt,” he said by telephone to Reuters.

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