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Road to Brazil’s Santos port open again after protest
Protesters blocking a highway leading to Brazil’s key port of Santos ended the occupation of the road, allowing trucks to resume transporting commodities from the port, the highway operator Ecovias said via Twitter. The protest in the municipality of Cubatão had shut traffic on the Anchieta Highway down to the port. It is still unclear why protesters were stopping traffic, but mass demonstrations over everything from rising bus fares to rampant corruption have erupted nationwide in recent weeks. The Santos Port Authority (Codesp), which manages the public corridor of the port, said the protest has not affected the operation of the port at this time. Santos is an important export hub for Brazilian sugar, coffee, soy and corn. Much of the main bulk commodities come to the port via railway, but shipping containers tend to travel largely by truck.
Shipping agents Williams Servicos Maritimos Ltd said the loading and unloading of ships with commodities was unaffected because the port already had near-full silos and warehouses and the protest had only started. (Reuters)
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