In August, the conveyor system connecting grain silos operated by Paraguay in the Brazilian port of Paranaguá were shut down for an indeterminate period of time, following a judicial dispute with the companies that operate the system. Traffic carried by these conveyors accounts for 18% of the total port traffic.

The reason for the dispute is that the Mercosul consortium was recently awarded the concession to operate the conveyors, something which had been undertaken by Amazens Gerais Terminal Ltd for the past 25 years. Now, both are fighting for exclusivity in the use of the part of the conveyor system that connects the Export Corridor warehouses.