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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the first week of April, the drop in demand for freight reached 25 percent compared to the first week of March. Road transport of manufactured goods, such as household appliances, declined 38 percent.

The building sector falls right behind, with a 34 percent reduction in freight orders. Agribusiness figures among the least affected sectors, with only a 1.4 percent reduction in transport.

The data are from FreteBras, an online cargo transport platform that includes 370,000 truckers throughout the country, and were obtained exclusively by EXAME news magazine.

The contraction in road haulage is . . .

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