Argentine Shipments Delayed Amid General Strike, Official Says

Argentine port workers joined a 24-hour strike that’s delaying shipments, said Guillermo Wade, an official at the port exporters chamber.

All Parana River ports have shipments waiting to be loaded with grain, Wade said by telephone from Rosario.

Argentina’s biggest trade unions blocked highways and halted train, bus and subway services in their first general strike against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to protest rising prices and taxes. Ships will remain at port as immigration, customs, health as well as port administration employees are involved in the strike, Wade said.

“Main roads and highways going to the waterfronts are blocked,” he said. “This is the first strike in the Kirchner era affecting the whole shipment infrastructure.”

About 300 trucks had entered Rosario, the country’s largest soybean export port, today compared with a daily average of 2,900, Lucia Cuffia, a spokeswoman for the Rosario cereals exchange, said by telephone. Cargill Inc. and Bunge Ltd. are among grain exporters operating in Rosario.

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