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The Brazil Trucking Strike [Part One]

When discussing how important trucking is to the world, it's difficult to not cite the 2018 truck driver strike in Brazil as an example of what happens when no truckers are on the road. In this first part, we will begin to discuss the history and the impact of the 2018 Brazil trucking strike. 

While the strike occurred in 2018, the build up began in 2016 with a few economic choices relating to oil prices. The government decided to sell oil at the international market price over the domestic price, causing prices to rise. On top of this, the Brazilian real depreciated compared to the US dollar, causing diesel prices in Brazil to soar even higher. 

With higher gas prices, in 2018 the Brazilian Association of Truckers threatened to strike if the government didn’t reduce taxes related to diesel. Following this threat, the price for diesel was raised 0.8% and the price of gas was raised 1.34%, while the Justice department prohibited any blockade of highways. With this sort of response, the Association of Truckers officially began their strike on May 21, 2018. 

We hope you found this history on the Brazil trucking strike interesting and insightful towards just how important trucking is! At CB Radio Supply, we are here for all your radio needs and offer a wide range of customer service! Our free domestic US shipping and hassle-free returns is our guarantee you’ll be satisfied with your choices. Give us a call to speak with our expert staff today!

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