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Chittagong port: Trucker strike disrupts container handling

Across Bangladesh, truckers have enforced their scheduled strike today. The 72 hour-strike has disrupted the handling of containers and bulk cargoes at the country’s sea and river ports. This has caused concern of possible congestion and backlogs among exporters and importers.

Due to the strike, loading and unloading of containers from vessels at Chittagong port jetties slowed down. The Bangladesh Covered Van-Truck-Prime Movers Goods Transportation Owners Association and Bangladesh Truck Drivers Workers Federation enforced the three day long strike.

General Secretary of Bangladesh Covered Van-Truck-Prime Movers Goods Transportation Owners Association, Zafar Alam, said they will continue the strike until their demands are met. Among the 15-points demands of them are the amendment of the Road Transport Act -2018, withdrawal of increased income tax on vehicles owners, stopping extortion and harassment by police, providing heavy driving license to drivers easily and fixing same weighing volume for roads countrywide.


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