movement of Containers, both by trains and road, from various Inland Container
Depots across Punjab and to the State has been halted due to ongoing protests
by farmers’ organisations creating huge setbacks not only to the domestic
industry but also to the overall exporting community.
Approximately 4000 TEU's export
containers blocked due to the ongoing crisis
4000 TEU's export containers with goods value of about Rs 2000 Crores have been
blocked due to the ongoing crisis. On the imports front, containers worth in
volume terms of more than 3500 TEU's including both loaded and empty are either
stuck in transit or are waiting at ports
hampered movement of container trains has resulted in piling up of Export
containers in large numbers at various Inland Container Depots. The exporters
have also requested the Railways to return their containers from the trains
stuck in transit so that the same can be sent via roads. However, the Railways
is asking for an exorbitant amount as penalty (as high as 150 per cent) which
is further adding to the pains of the Exporters during such challenging times.
protesting farmers are not allowing movement of goods, which is further causing
delay in shipments and timely deliveries of consignments to their overseas
clients, which may result in cancellation of export orders and will also affect
the future prospect of state's exports.
The farmers protesting for nearly a
fortnight against the newly implemented farm bill
in Punjab and Haryana have been protesting for nearly a fortnight against the
newly implemented farm bill. The agitation has immensely affected the business
across Punjab according to Federation of Indian Exporters Organisation FIEO
and industry in Punjab is already under tremendous pressure and the exporting
fraternity is the worst hit as a large number of orders have already got
cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak and now the ongoing protest by
farmers across the State has brought almost everything to stand still
especially for exporters.
FIEO Sharad Kumar Saraf said that not only the exporters, the importers are
also facing a very difficult time, as a large number of import containers are
stuck up at various ports or are in transit.
Federation urges the governments to
Federation, on behalf of overall trade and industry and especially the
exporting community, urges the government both at the Centre and in the State
of Punjab to immediately intervene and take some urgent steps to at least clear
the blocked railway tracks by the agitating groups, convincing them to take
peaceful means of protests, rather than disrupting the entire state economy by
blocking key railway routes.