Grain terminals of Brazil and Argentina operate as normal
Port operations are running smoothly in Brazil. Waiting times at Argentinian grain terminals are also largely unchanged even despite a truck driver protest over high fuel prices that disrupted the delivery chain last week. The strike ended on the 30th of June.
Waiting times are 3 to 4 days at San Lorenzo port (up 1 day compared with the week started June 20), 4 to 5 days at Rosario port (up 1 day compared with the week started June 20), 4 to 5 days at San Nicolas (down 2 days compared with the week stared June 20), 2 to 3 days at Necochea (down 1 day compared with June 20-26), 2 to 4 days at Bahia Blanca (down 1 day compared with June 20-26), about 3 days at Nueva Palmira (down 3 days compared with the week started June 20).
It should be noted that Argentina’s major farm groups have also called for a trade strike for mid-July to pressure the government to do more in resolving the diesel shortage and high fertilizer costs, which are weighing on the country’s agricultural sector. But, most probably there is no major threat of affecting port operations.
Waiting times at the port of Santos for loading grains and sugar are 4 to 6 days on average. Around 30 to 33 vessels are currently anchored at the port of Santos and around 9 are berthed. The average waiting time for vessels discharging fertilizers in Santos is 6 to 7 days. As many as 8 bulk carriers are anchored and around 4 are berthed.
Average waiting time at the port of Pecem for ships loading steel, iron ore, and discharging coal is 3 to 4 days. As many as 3 vessels are berthed and around 4 are anchored.
The average waiting time at the port of Fortaleza for ships discharging wheat and petcoke is 1 day. One bulk carrier is currently berthed.