UPDATE 2-Some roads reopened in Brazil though truck strike persists

viernes 27 de febrero de 2015 21:23 GYT
 

(Updates road blockage information from Federal Highway Police, paragraphs 2, 3)

SAO PAULO Feb 27 (Reuters) - Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had no plans to end their stoppage now in its 10th day.

Road blockages were reported at 61 locations in 6 states on Friday, down from 88 road blocks the previous day, according to the latest report from highway police. Most protesting drivers rejected an initial government offer and negotiations were not scheduled to resume until March 10.

By late Friday, blockages were up slightly from earlier in the day. Still, a spokesman for Paranagua port said 514 soy trucks had arrived on Friday, up from 255 trucks the same time on Thursday. Brazil is the world's No. 2 soy producer and a top global supplier.

Silos at Paranagua, Brazil's second-largest soy export port, now have enough soybeans to keep filling ships until March 3 rather than March 2, spokeswoman Ceres Battistelli said.

"That buys us one more day we could load ships without running out of soybeans," Battistelli said.

Chicago Board Of Trade March soybeans have risen steadily on fears of supply disruptions because of the strike and were up 0.4 percent on Friday.

The highway police bulletin said 25 fines had been issued in Parana state, where Paranagua is located, and one person had been arrested in Mato Grosso do Sul state.

Brazil's top soybean export port of Santos has remained open without disruption since Wednesday.   Continuación...