Container handling at Chittagong came to a near-halt today, as the owners and drivers of trucks, covered vans, and ‘prime movers’ began a 72-hour strike this morning to press home various demands.
The strike has also suspended the transportation of goods across the country, and handling at other sea and river ports.
Chittagong port officials said that loading containers onto outgoing vessels has stopped completely, as truckers are not bringing boxes to the port. And while import containers are being unloaded from the vessels, no boxes can leave the port.
“The shipment of outgoing containers is seriously hampered due to the strike,” Omar Faruk, secretary, Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) told The Loadstar.
He said other work inside the port area is normal, however, including the unloading of boxes from vessels, and un-stuffing of LCL cargoes.
Shipping executives at Chittagong said no truck has entered or left the port area, while no trucks or vans were seen on the roads and highways, they added.
Source: The Loadstar