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Brazil’s truck driver strike causes fuel distribution chaos


With truck drivers in Brazil on strike and blocking the traffic in the country’s main transit routes for fuel and food distribution, the supply of gasoline, diesel and ethanol has been disrupted, prompting government intervention.

150 ethanol plants in Brazil’s Centre-South were forced to stop operating because they did not have access to enough diesel to fuel equipment and machinery. At the same time, with roads blocked, big cargoes were unable to depart from ethanol plants to the distributors and from distributors to the fuel pumps across the country. The flow of ethanol exports was also affected as some shipments were unable to reach the departure ports.

Brazilian Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) said on Wednesday that fuel distribution was on its way back to normal, even though some protests are still on-going.

See PRIMA Weekly International Ethanol Report 31 May 2018 for further analysis. Contact [email protected] for more information

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