Argentina’s Timbues Port to Reopen, Strike Averted at Brazil’s Biggest Port

Posted on Mon, 03/23/2020 - 13:28

The port of Timbues in northern Rosario has reopened its terminals to freight, grain processors said Monday. The port is Argentina’s main grain export hub and had halted port activities last week to prevent the spread of Covid-19. But exports saw little impact as most companies had reserves on hand. And the government has since issued a decree clarifying transport regulations under the nationwide quarantine that exempts domestic and international transit of cargo.

Brazil’s dock workers’ union called off a vote that had been scheduled for Monday on whether to hold a strike at Latin America's largest Santos port over concerns about risks from the coronavirus outbreak.

Meanwhile, Rondonópolis in Mato Grosso, Brazil, closed all non-essential services and ordered suspension of industrial sites in response to the coronavirus crisis, according to a municipal decree dated March 21. China's COFCO and Bunge among companies that may be affected as they have plants in the city.