Severe truck strike disrupts container handling at Chittagong port



Sharar Nayel | Container News

Truckers have enforced their scheduled strike Tuesday (21 September) morning across Bangladesh halting movement of cargoes and bringing a supply chain disorder.

The 72 hour-strike has also disrupted the handling of containers and bulk cargoes at the country’s sea and river ports which caused fear among the exporters and importers of possible congestion and backlog.

Due to the strike, loading and unloading of containers from vessels at Chittagong port jetties slowed down as truckers are not sending boxes there or taking on the chassis delivery.

The Bangladesh Covered Van-Truck-Prime Movers Goods Transportation Owners Association and Bangladesh Truck Drivers Workers Federation enforced the three day long strike.

General Secretary of Bangladesh Covered Van-Truck-Prime Movers Goods Transportation Owners Association Zafar Alam said they will continue the strike until their demands are met.

Among the 15-points demands of them are the amendment of the Road Transport Act -2018, withdrawal of increased income tax on vehicles owners, stopping extortion and harassment by police, providing heavy driving license to drivers easily and fixing same weighing volume for roads countrywide.

Omar Faruk, secretary at the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA), said the truck strike has disrupted normal activates at the port yards.

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