The port of Paranagua has seriously prejudiced because of truckers national strike. The number of vessels waiting to discharge and loading increased to 39. There are 12 ships alongside the berths. Only five of them are loading grain and bulk sugar, merchandise long stored inside the port. All other ships are idle waiting the strike finishes in order to resume or commence its operations.
The port informed that during the ongoing strike period more than 550 thousand tonnes could not be moved. The cargo logistics via railways was not affected. It continues running in a normal stream. Actually, it is the only way to bring cargoes to the port. It represents 30% of the total tonnage brought along in a week time.
Last night shippers attempt to resume operation. However were immediately halt by the protester who were advised by local make believers, members of local trucker coop. For the moment, we cannot see any sign of the situation getting back to normal.
Tomorrow the 31st it will be national holiday. Although the port is standing by to resume operations, trust nothing will happen at least until 1st June.
There should be any change; we will let you know immediately.