Argentine export terminals empty by Tuesday

Lloyds List--GRAIN and oilseed shipments from Argentina's River Plate face further paralysis, writes Michelle Wiese Bockmann.

Stockpiles of some agricultural products at Argentina's export terminals will run out by Tuesday, if as expected, an ongoing farmers' strike is extended.

The River Plate region is where most of the international shipments of grain, soya and oilseeds are loaded.

The South American country's shipping chamber, Centro de Navegacion, has visited the 21 privately-operated export terminals at Rosario.

"Operators said that they will work until Tuesday with no problems, with the stocks they already have," Gustavo HereƱu of Centro de Navegacion said.

"Then will start the shortage of certain products. If the lockout continues, from next Monday it is expected that the activity will be highly affected."

Once stockpiles are depleted, agricultural trade will be paralysed. Vessels will be unable to load until farmers end highway pickets preventing produce from reaching terminals.