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Brazil Ag Inspector Strike Hits Exports

28 September 2015, at 12:00am

BRAZIL - Striking agricultural inspectors have caused "sizeable losses" and are impacting poultry and pork exports from Brazil, the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) has warned.

The strike began on Thursday of last week. The inspectors are taking action over wages and government budget cuts.

According to surveys conducted by ABPA, thousands of tons of goods are stuck in export processes. Refrigeration units are reducing or halting the production process through running out of space to store products. Export contracts are threatened at a time of increased demand in the international market.

Daily exports of poultry and pork attract to the country more than 100 million Brazilian Real in business, ABPA said. With the strike, the sector has faced losses not only with the loss of shipments, but costs for maintaining logistical structures that are stalled, waiting for the release of loads.

"Unfortunately, the animal protein sector, which had been registering growth amid the national economic crisis, is being affected and could lose valuable opportunities to bring even more trade, at a delicate time for the country.

"For all these reasons, we have constantly made appeals to the government and the strike movement leaders to conclude negotiations and end this strike," said Francisco Turra, chief executive of ABPA.

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