Grain trucks resumed entry to the ports of Timbúes, an important agricultural port town of Rosario, on Monday, after the Argentine government ruled that cargo transport can circulate despite a quarantine due to the coronavirus.
Although shipping tasks remained normal and companies such as Cofco and Louis Dreyfus – which have their own terminals – were able to export, trucks did not enter from Friday to Sunday due to a measure of force promoted by the head of the commune of Timbúes, who sought to avoid the expansion of the coronavirus that has the world on edge.
The situation of the transit of trucks in Timbúes was regularized on Monday after a statement from the Ministry of Transport that enables them to circulate.
The government of President Alberto Fernández ordered preventive and compulsory social isolation from last Friday until March 31, in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
However, the national decree exempted from the measure “activities related to agricultural production, distribution and marketing”, as well as “non-deferrable activities related to foreign trade”.
With the measure of the Ministry of Transport, the conflict was resolved in Timbúes, which forms, together with the cities of Puerto General San Martín and San Lorenzo, the agro-export cordon located north of the city of Rosario, where about 80% of the primary and agro-industrial products from Argentina, a leading global food supplier.
Argentina is the world’s leading exporter of soybean oil and flour and the third largest exporter of corn.