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UPDATE 1-Ship lineup grows as truck strike slows Argentina grain exports

(Adds 12 truckers arrested for extortion, throwing grains on

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

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

Truckers 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.

They appeared to be growing more aggressive on Friday, and
Argentina's security ministry said in a statement 12 truckers
had been detained for using "extortionist methods" and "throwing
large quantities of grain in the road."

Police made the arrests in Buenos Aires province,
Argentina's main grains belt. The 12 were protesting in the town
of Carlos Casares, and had also seized seven trucks, four cars
and a motorbike, the ministry said.

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 and Eliana Raszewski, writing by
Caroline Stauffer; Editing by Marguerita Choy and David

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