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Argentine Port Workers Prolong Strike, Halt Soy, Corn Barges

March 02, 2012

Workers at Argentina’s grain ports continued a strike over working hours for a second day, delaying barges transporting corn and soybeans.

At least 10 more ships have joined the 57 that were detained by the strike at ports near the city of Rosario on the Parana River, which handle more than 80 percent of Argentina’s grain exports, Guillermo Wade, a representative of the port operators chamber, said in an e-mailed response today.

Talks between the workers union and the chamber failed earlier today, prolonging the conflict that is disrupting shipments from Argentina, the world’s third-largest soybean exporter behind the U.S. and Brazil. Argentina is also the world’s second-largest corn exporter behind the U.S.

The strike has spread to smaller ports in the country, including Bahia Blanca and Necochea, Wade said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Matt Craze in Santiago at mcraze@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dale Crofts at dcrofts@bloomberg.net


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