Brazilian customs has been on strike for the eighth week, and it’s causing severe delays at ports and for truck drivers, especially at the Argentina and Uruguay borders. Earlier this year the Brazilian government had promised to meet wage requirements and other benefits. However, the implementation was delayed due to federal budget constraints. Though the union then won permission to go on strike by the Supreme Court, issues have not been resolved and thousands of trucks are now waiting three to eight days for authorization at multiple border check points in Brazil. The strike has caused containers to miss sailings and accumulated detention and demurrage fees.

Union leaders say they will continue to strike until the government grants them a higher wage and drops plans to raise the retirement age and cut other benefits.