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UPDATE 1-Road block protests disrupt Argentine grains export operations

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(Adds statement from agricultural export groups, international grains market context)

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Argentine agricultural exports were disrupted on Wednesday as truckers blocked roads around the Buenos Aires ports of Bahia Blanca and Quequen and authorities cleared roads near the main export hub of Rosario.

Concern over the road blocks still meant reduced numbers of cargoes arrived at Rosario, raising doubts about future shipping flows from the hub that ships some 80% of Argentina’s grains exports.

Chambers representing the soy, corn and wheat industries in Argentina issued a joint statement asking the national government to come up with a solution to the drivers’ demands.

Inflation-hit truck drivers are pressing demands for lower taxes, tolls and fuel prices as well as the establishment of set fee schedules to be paid by farmers for ground transportation. Mired in recession since 2018, Argentina had more than 36% inflation last year and 4% in December alone.

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