SÃO PAULO, Brazil (May 30, 2018) – Two strikes in Brazil, a truckers’ association strike and a customs strike, have caused disruptions throughout the country. Suddath® is doing our very best to mitigate the impact to our clients and their employees. However, as the strikes continue, we want to make sure we are offering information about how this may affect clients’ day-to-day business.
- Please plan for customs delays. Goods going in and out of Brazil will take longer than usual, with the largest impact on shipments clearing through the Port of Rio de Janeiro, the Rio de Janeiro airport and the Sao Paulo airport due to a strike by auditors with Brazil’s Receita Federal (customs office). Shipments clearing through the Port of Santos will also see significant impacts as they continue to operate on a partial schedule — about two to three days per week. It is likely there will be longer than normal delays and additional costs for shipments that sit in a hold pattern until resolved.
- Please expect final destination delays. Once a shipment clears customs it is likely there will be more delays and rising costs due to a truckers’ association strike, which leaves no means to move the shipments from the point of entry to the final destination.
During this time, we are doing everything in our power to keep our partners up-to-date with the status of these strikes. We will continue to make the best possible recommendations to move specific shipments in or out of Brazil on a case-by-case basis.
If you have questions, please contact Teela Gleason at Teela.Gleason@suddath.com.