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Ship lineup grows as truck strike slows Argentina grain exports

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Some 93 cargo ships were
waiting to load soy and corn from Argentina's main exporting hub
of Rosario on Friday, more than a week into a truck owners
strike, the spokesman for an industry group said.

That was up from just over 60 on Thursday, said Andres
Alcarez, spokesman for export company chamber CIARA-CEC.

Truck owners went on strike last week in a bid to force the
adoption of mandatory minimum grains hauling rates. The work
stoppage also slowed the unloading of beans at soyoil and meal
manufacturing sites.

Argentina is the world's top exporter of soybeans and
soymeal and the No. 3 exporter of both corn and soymeal. Some 80
percent of Argentina's agricultural exports depart from Rosario.
(Reporting by Maximilian Heath, writing by Caroline Stauffer
Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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