South America Calling
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Tue May 26, 2015 01:33 PM CDT

The poor state of Brazil's roads increase grain transport costs by R$3.8 billion ($1.2 billion) each year, which accounts for 30% of total costs, according to research released by the Brazilian Transport Confederation (CNT).

Eighty-six percent of losses are concentrated in the shipment of soybeans and corn.

Costs are so high because grain trucks have to travel 1,000 miles or more from many Center-West producing regions to southern and southeastern ports.

These losses, which seem extremely high, are due to the need to use extra fuel, the accelerated wear on trucks and the high percentage of accidents.

According to a ...

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