Brazil’s Suzano shuts mills due to trucker strike

Brazilian pulp and paper producer Suzano shut operations throughout Brazil over the weekend in response to an ongoing strike by truck drivers over diesel fuel prices, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

Rafael Mastrocola, head of investor relations for Suzano, told S&P Global Platts the company already had reduced output, since Friday took it further and “as of now we have halted pretty much all of our sites.”

The company expected the strike to be resolved in the next several days, Mastrocola said, as some trucks were seen moving in Sao Paulo on Tuesday after the government agreed on Sunday to comply with drivers’ demand for lower diesel prices. Supply chains would need more time to resume normal operations, he added.

“We still need to have the supply chain at 100% before restarting the mills,” Mastrocola said. “Because of the blockages, we cannot receive 100% of the inputs we need.”

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