and imports through Containers in the three key ports of Chennai Ennore and Katupalli ports are likely to be
seriously affected from March 19th as 12 container Truck Associations
have served strike notice threatening
indefinite stoppage of work in all the three ports from that day.
four thousand container trailer Operators who are working from around 300
container freight stations in and around Chennai are expected to participate in
the strike demanding among other things a 20 per cent increase in freight rates
over the ones agreed upon four years ago.
the dues from the Container Freight Stations piling up to nearly Rs twenty five
Crores, the association has insisted
that the Freight station Operators, Steamer Agents, Custom House Agents and the
export import parties to make payments to lorry owners within fifteen days of
billing. Trailer Operator Association Sources said container freight stations
like Sanco have not cleared their dues to container truck operators for several
months. Others are also following suit leaving us with no option but to stop
transport operators said they are reeling under the impact of 20 per cent hike
in lubrication cost on vehicles, 60 per cent increase in vehicle inductance, 25
per cent increase in tyres and 25 per cent increase in spares. Under these
circumstances if the bills are not cleared in time, there is no point in
continuing to ply the vehicles said a spokesman of the industry,
Associations have served strike notice National Association of Container Freight
Stations (NACFS) and Chennai Port Chairman. Though they have not served strike
notice on Katupalli and Ennore ports,
the container trailer lorries will not operate to any of these ports from March
19 if their demands are not met by that day.
has been no response from NACFS barring the suggestion that lorry operators
need to get the bills cleared by the concerned exporters and importers.
deadlock continues since there has been no attempt to hold conciliation talks.
However it remains to be seen if the Container truck operators will implement
the threat materializes container handling in both the terminals of Chennai
port, Katupalli and Ennnore ports will be seriously affected. In the case of
Kamaraj port at Ennore container traffic is yet to pick up since the Adani
terminal has been going slow during the last seven months since it was