Delivery of goods at Ctg port suspended
Published : Thursday, 21 November, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 187
CHATTOGRAM, Nov 20: Delivery of cargo and containers to and from Chattogram Port has remained suspended since 9:00am on Wednesday due to the strike enforced by some sections of transport workers over the new Road Transport Act.
Talking to the Daily Observer, Omar Faruk, Secretary of Chattogram Port authority (CPA), said, 'Not a single truck or covered van entered the port in the morning, but the port authority continued loading and unloading of goods'.
The transport owners and workers went on strike protesting the enforcement of the new law. Stakeholders fear the transport strike could have serious implications for the export business if it continues for a few more days.
A large number of trucks and covered vans remained parked on the Airport Road near the Chattogram Port on Wednesday.
The number of containers waiting to be delivered will rise if the strike continues. There are a total of 35,000 TEUs of containers at the port whereas the capacity is 49,000 containers. Usually, around 4,000 containers are delivered every day from the port.
Container transportation from the nearby depots has also stopped due to the strike.
"The effects of the strike could extend to imports and devastate business at the port. It could also hamper manufacturing industries if the delivery of raw materials is held up," said C&F Agent Association President AKM Akhter Hossain.