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Brazil plans big soyabean export route cutting through Amazon to save time

720 km roads and 1,145 km waterways will cut costs by half

[SAO PAULO] Even with thousands of potholes and major cargo delays, Brazil became the world's biggest soyabean exporter last year.

Now it plans to blaze a short-cut through the Amazon forest in what would be its biggest export route for soyabean and grain, linking soyabean farms in the interior to the Panama Canal and on to Asian buyers. Ships will shave two days off their route by sailing west over the Pacific instead of a longer journey across the Atlantic and Indian oceans.

That could undercut futures...

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