Protests in the areas of Brasília, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil may lead to disruptions in transportation, according to FreightWatch International.
The protests, which began as early as June 15 in response to proposed public transportation rate increases, are becoming “increasingly violent,” and government authorities have shut down some roads, including the Niterói-Rio de Janeiro bridge, FreightWatch said.
More protests are expected on June 22 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais and Salvador in Brazil’s Bahia state, and future protests throughout the country “cannot be ruled out,” FreightWatch continued.
As a result, traffic is at a near standstill in certain areas, contributing to the added risk of theft or pilferage of cargo traveling through the affected areas. Furthermore, it is anticipated that major highways will be closed by the highway patrol in coming days in response to the planned protests.
FreightWatch recommended that carriers monitor local media outlets to obtain road closure information and schedule shipments accordingly. It also recommended that high-value shipments be diverted away from protest areas.