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Brazil bridge collapse could affect grain shipments

Christian Fernsby |
Part of a bridge over the Moju River in Brazil's Para state collapsed early on Saturday, potentially affecting shipment of grains such as soybeans and corn through northern ports.

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The bridge was located some 50 kilometers from Belém, capital of Pará state, where three major grain loaders operate, including Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge and Hidrovias do Brasil.

Barge traffic would not be affected on the Tocantins and Amazon rivers, which use river ports including Vila do Conde and Barcarena. Some 10 to 20 percent of the soy grown in Brazil's center west is delivered by road at those ports.

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