UK P&I correspondents in Argentina provide an update on shortages and customs fines relating to Soya Bean imports, after a historically dry season in the country.
Argentina is typically a main grain exporter. However, in seasons like the current one, when the harvest is deficient, it becomes necessary to import grains -particularly soya beans – for the local industrial production, the Club’s statement informs.
The 2022/23 harvest in Argentina was substantially affected by a historical dry season, estimated in 25 Mn MT compared to the 42 Mn harvested in previous season. According to some media, Argentina would have to import circa 10 Mn of soya beans, half of which, it is expected to come from Brazil.
- Members should arrange draft surveys and sealing of hatches at the port of loading (jointly with the shippers and Customs when/if possible).
- Prior to ship’s arrival in Argentina, it is advised to invite formally the Customs House and Receivers to attend joint draft surveys and unsealing of hatches.
- It is also recommended to issue an “empty holds certificate” jointly when/if possible.