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Brazil: Lorry strike curtails production in many sectors

14.06.2018 − 

A strike staged by Brazilian lorry drivers led to major production curtailments in many sectors of industry in the second half of May. The industrial action that began on 21 May and the associated road blockades paralysed freight transport in Brazil’s industrial regions in particular. Striking lorry drivers also blocked access to oil refineries, ports and manufacturing facilities. This made it hard for industrial firms to receive deliveries of raw materials and to ship their own products. Production workers had a hard time getting to their jobs.

As the strike went on, major fuel supply problems also materialised, which had an impact on energy supply and road traffic. Many companies in the pulp and paper industry, wood-based panel and plywood sectors and surfacing business had to scale back or temporarily idle production as a result. These production curtailments sometimes lasted for more than a week. Production had to be suspended for up to ten days in individual cases.

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