FBCCI calls for halt in ongoing strike at Ctg port

Staff Correspondent

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry on Thursday expressed its deep concern as export products in Chittagong port were not being released on schedule due to ongoing strike called by an organisation of owners and workers of container vehicles.
The apex trade body also urged the relevant authorities including ministries of shipping and commerce, Chittagong City Corporation, Chittagong Port Authority and law enforcing agencies to take necessary steps for the withdrawal of the strike to ensure smooth movement of export and import goods.
The strike is hampering both import and export activities a lot as 97 per cent of container goods are shipped through Chittagong port, the FBCCI said in a press release issued on the day.
It said that clearing of container carrying imported goods was being hampered due to the strike while exporters were facing severe financial losses as the ships were going back empty.
The strike will also create a negative impact on trade relations with buyers due to failure in making shipments on time, it added.
Chittagong Prime Mover Trailer Owners and Workers Association enforced the indefinite strike from Monday following a gazette notification issued by the Roads and Highway Division limiting the volume of goods to be carried by the container vehicles.
In this circumstance, the FBCCI urged the authorities concerned for taking necessary steps for withdrawal of the strike.

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