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Argentina grain inspectors threaten to walk out over company conflict

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Argentina's union for grain inspectors threatened to walk out over disagreements with an agro-export company in protests that could disrupt the country's critical grains exports sector.

The union, whose members include port workers and technicians who review grains loaded on boats, is in conflict with food exporting company Desdelsur SA over what it says is a breach of a contract.

The union said in a statement it could carry out "surprise measures or direct action" at the country's ports, including an abrupt walkout by members.

While October sees less traffic than other months in grains exports, a disruption to exports could still be costly for Argentina's struggling economy, which is highly dependent on the foreign exchange generated by its powerful agro-export industry.

Argentina is the world's leading exporter of soybean oil and meal, and the third largest exporter of corn.

Currently, Argentina's ports are not being affected, a source from the Chamber of Private Commercial Ports told Reuters. (Reporting by Maximilian Heath; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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