Brazilian Customs officials continued the slowdown in inspections at most Brazilian ports on Monday, leaving long queues of ships waiting to dock, according to maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services.
Industrial actions of varying lengths and degrees have affected operations in most major Brazilian ports, including Santos, Paranagua, Salvador, Manaus, Santarem, Santana, Sao Luis and Itacoatiara. The customs officers are demanding better salaries and working conditions.
Customs officers had originally advised shipping agents that they would stop work for two days a week and work at a minimal level on the remaining days until an agreement is reached, Inchcape said.
Inchcape said Customs officials will continue their “Turtle Strike” while negotiations are underway, which means they are working at a very low speed in most of the ports.
At Sao Luis, for example, 45 ships were waiting the Sao Marcos Bay to berth in the ports of the island. According to site monitoring of maritime traffic, this is the largest number of vessels at anchor since the beginning of the month.
Last week, 36 vessels were waiting to dock at Sao Luis, according to the Union of Federal Tax Auditors of Brazil, which said the queue is typical of the delays at ports and airports all around Brazil.