The sea food industry in Kerala lost about Rs three hundred crores in one
week and apprehend further loss of
business on a long term basis due to the strike by the tractor trailer
operators carrying containers in Vallarpadem terminal in Cochin port.
The figures are guestimates though the exact quantum of loss is yet to be
calculated according to a spokesman of the sea food industry based in Cochin.
About three hundred containers carrying the sea food meant for Christmas
festivities in Europe was blocked for a week in Cochin Port for a week due to
The holiday season in Europe is expected to begin by December 10. If we are
not able to make the delivery on time, it will affect the business during the
Christmas season. It takes 20 to 25 days for a container to reach its
destination in Europe. There will be another delay of two or three days for
completion of formalities before it goes out. Even though the strike is called
off, we are not hopeful of delivering the consignment as per the schedule,” the
The week-long strike by the container lorry drivers has been settled. But
seafood exporters in Kochi are still lost in a cloud of anxiety. The festival
season in Europe is just around the corner and they fear a loss of business.
Given the lengthy export procedures, consignments perhaps will not reach
their destinations in time to tap into the festival market.“Besides losing a
good season, we are now unable to keep our word to clients owing to the
container lorry strike. The setback in
seafood export would have a serious impact on allied sectors.
With storage facilities in the Cochin Port running short of space,
exporting companies are hesitant to procure more catch from fishermen. “This
will have an adverse impact on fishermen, but processed seafood has to be kept
in pristine conditions.
The strike by tractor trailer operators was called off on November seventh
following a discussion trade union leaders had with Transport Minister Thomas
Chandy and other senior officers of the Department of Transport in
Thiruvananthapuram. According to union leaders, the major demands raised by
them have been accepted.
‘’We have been assured there will not be any more harassment of drivers
over weight. It has also been decided to lift the suspension of licences,
according to union sources.