Brazil's independent truckers' union, Sindicam, initiated a strike on January 30, citing inadequate asphalt conditions on the roads leading to the Port of Santos terminals and poor conditions in the Alemoa region.

In a press release, the union highlighted the deteriorating state of the Alemoa region, a high-traffic area for trucks. They claimed that January's heavy rains had transformed potholes into craters, leading to increased congestion, navigational difficulties, and vehicle damage.

The union stated that despite reporting these road conditions to Santos City Hall, no significant roadwork has been undertaken. Consequently, the strike commenced at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and will continue until the asphalt issue is addressed.

The strike poses a direct impact on the Port of Santos. Local newspaper A Tribuna sought a statement from the City Hall to address the union's claims but had not received a response at the time of publication.