A strike by truck drivers at Malaysia’s key gateway of Port Klang continued Thursday, preventing drayage movement of containers in and out of terminals operated by Westport and Northport stevedores.
Truck drivers are protesting delays and gate charges at container depots located outside the port area. The drivers, who are not represented by a union, claim their earnings are being limited because three- to four-hour delays at depots restricts drayage trips to just one or two per day.
Depot operators have also doubled gate fees in recent months.
“The strike has continued today,” one insider told the JOC. “No containers are being trucked in or out of Westport or Northport.
“I don't think it has started affecting vessel operations too much at the terminals, but if it continues for a couple more days, that could change.”
Westport, Northport and Port Klang Authority refused to comment when contacted by the JOC.
Port Klang handled 2.46 million TEUs in the first quarter, up 9.1 percent year-over-year.
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