COCHIN TRUCK STRIKE CRIPPLING CARGO MOVEMENTS

A strike by container truck drivers in India’s Port of Cochin entered its fourth day on Friday, crippling cargo movements and threatening to disrupt operations at India Gateway Terminal reports the Journal of Commerce. A shipping line agent at Cochin said the strike was set to continue into the weekend after talks between striking drivers and the truck owners group before local labour authorities Thursday failed to reach an agreement on wage increases. As of Friday morning, nearly 4,000 import containers were reported to be stranded at the terminal yard and four ships were waiting for berth. A representative of the local Container Shipping Lines’ Association said all import deliveries and export arrivals had come to a complete halt because of the indefinite walkout, which occurred just as shippers were moving their Christmas orders.