Thousands of soy trucks stranded on swamped Amazon highway in Brazil

SAO PAULO, March 1 (Reuters) – About 3,000 trucks carrying soy beans are backed up on a major road to port through the Amazon region that has become impassible due to swamps caused by heavy rainfall, highway police said on Wednesday.

Trucks have become bogged down on an unpaved section of the BR-163 highway in southern Pará state, running up loses of $400,000 a day for grain traders moving soy from Mato Grosso to northern ports, the main lobby for Brazil’s soy business said.

Some vehicles have been pulled through with the help of heavy earthmoving equipment, but the bulk of the trucks cannot advance, according to the highway police in Santarém in Pará.

“Things are still critical. Work on the road has improved the situation…