Brazil's Transport Handicap
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Wed Dec 10, 2014 09:55 AM CST

HADDONFIELD, N.J. (DTN) -- The U.S. transportation system may be creaky, but it works far better than the so-called "roads of death" Brazilian truckers must use to haul soybeans to export markets. Despite decades of political promises, Latin American transport systems continue to lag.

Take the Brazilian boom town of Sorriso, Mato Grosso, which stood on the northernmost edge of the state's soybean frontier 15 years ago. It is as remote from the Atlantic port terminals as North Dakota is from Pacific Northwest ports, but back then, visiting U.S. farmers compared Sorriso to Decatur, Ill. Dozens of grain buyers lined ...

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