Shortage of Truck Drivers Prompts Portugal to Seek 2,000 Motorists From Brazil

The difficulty in hiring truck drivers in Portugal is so great that companies are offering bonuses for recruitment abroad.

By Richard Mann

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With an estimated deficit of 5,000 truckers, Portugal has increasingly resorted to foreign professionals, mainly Brazilians, to ensure its cargo transport system.

Industry data published by "Jornal de Notícias" shows that around 2,000 Brazilian truckers were hired in Portugal last year, in addition to another 1,000 from Venezuela. The difficulty in hiring these drivers is so great that companies are offering bonuses for recruitment abroad.

Patrícia Barreira, 43, who is used to crossing Europe carrying tons of cargo, says she "didn't even know how to drive a . . .

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