Strike Notice – India

Posted on Jul 30

Our partners in India informed us that truckers in India have called off their strike after the government agreed to address various issues the truckers raised.Cargo movement will still be impacted in the areas the strike actually took place but it is expected that the situation will return to normal within a few days.
July 27, 2017The ongoing strike by truckers in India is now starting to affect freight to and from container ports in the northwestern part of the country.The ports in Mundra report that hauling operations between terminals and off-site storage yards are affected, while quayside terminal and intermodal rail operations are running normally.In Pipavav, APM Terminals are affected by delays with incoming and outgoing truck cargo, with no reported disruptions to terminal and intermodal rail operations. Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Nhava Sheva local trucker unions have so far not signed on to the strike and operations are running by and large normal, with only spotted issues being reported. Quayside and yard-side terminal operations are currently not affected and run at normal pace. In ports on the east side of the country (Chennai, Tuticorin, Kolkata and Cochin) truckers have not yet joined the protest and no disruptions are being reported.We will continue to monitor the situation and advise updates as they become available.
July 25, 2017Our partners in India advise that the strike so far has slowed down cargo movements across India but that freight is still flowing, although with some delays.The ports have not been blocked, and no congestion is reported.The government has not shown any signs that it would give in to the truckers’ demands.It is expected that once the strike has been called off a shortage of delivery vehicles will lead to chaos and further delays.We will continue to monitor the situation and advise updates as they become available.
July, 19, 2018Our partners in India informed us that the All India Motor Transport Congress decided on June 27, 2018, to go on an indefinite strike starting July 20, 2018 to protest “repressive and retrograde policies of the government” that threaten the transport sector.The Transport Congress threatened that the strike will continue until certain demands are met which include, besides other items, a reduction in diesel prices and national uniform diesel pricing with quarterly revisions, Toll Barrier Free India, Transparency and Reduction in Third Party Insurance Premiums, the abolishment of the Direct Port Delivery (DPD) tendering system and streamlining of Port Congestion, as well as measures against corruption and harassment by government officials.We will closely monitor the situation and keep you updated on the developments and any delays with shipments.