Trucker strike hits cargo flow via southern India terminals

Ocean carriers and trade stakeholders using container terminals in and around India’s southern Chennai corridor are facing serious cargo delays due to a trucker strike that started on 4 July. Some 4,000 vehicle owners engaged in intra-city cargo movement are demanding a revision in hire charges. The stoppage covers terminals in the ports of Chennai, Ennore, and Adani Group-owned Kattupalli.

All CFSs in the Chennai region operate under the aegis of the National Association of Container Freight Stations (NACFS). Trailer owners are now seeking Rs. 6,120 (US$77) for a 20-foot container move and Rs. 12,240 (US$154) for a 40-foot box trip, up from Rs. 3,400 (US$43) and Rs. 6,800 (US$86), respectively.

However, CFS owners say trailer rates are already high, and a steep revision would not be accepted by their clients. While talks have failed to break the deadlock, stakeholders were expected to meet again yesterday (7 July) for another round of negotiations.


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