Brazil meat industry back to normal
Brazil’s poultry & pork processors association ABPA said on Tuesday all plants affected by recent truckers strike resumed operations. Brazil’s ABPA estimates total losses to the sector from the strike at 3.15 billion reais (826.77 million USD). Brazil’s ABPA says industry worried, with possible rising costs from new truck freight rates set by the government as one of the measures to end the strike.
Dodging bullets is tough business. But that’s just what happened in one Brazilian rural community during the truckers’ strike that left millions without gasoline, medicine and many foodstuffs. The Brazilian government folded like a lawn chair, and the truckers’ strike is over. It shows just how dependent your competitor is on eighteen wheelers for transport.
While you can count on barges and railways to get a lot of your feeding corn to poultry or pork processors, the Brazilian farmer needs truckers, and they know it. So the strike resulted in shortages of food and water and “paralysed much of the country’s economy”.