Hongkong International Terminals insists it will not be financially liable for delays suffered by lines and shippers because of ongoing strikes by dockworkers usually deployed on its facilities.
“Losses incurred, if any, are matters of the shipping lines and shippers, not HIT,” a spokesperson told the JOC earlier today.
The company insists the logistics industry, which has reported shipment delays of up to seven days on some carrier services, is exaggerating the impact of the drop in terminal productivity on delivery times.
According to HIT, some of the striking dockers are already returning to work, and operational capacity will shortly be back to normal, helping stem the daily losses being suffered by the company, a subsidiary of Hutchison Port Holdings Trust.
“Despite an initial hold-up, with the combined effort of HIT employees and external contactor workers not taking part in the current industrial action, our operations are at 80 percent of our daily average cargo volume,” the company said in a statement.
“We are making every effort to ensure the steady flow of cargo through the terminals. There are no containers stranded in the terminals.”
Hit has now agreed to sit in on meetings between its external contractors, which directly employ the striking dockers, with Hong Kong’s Labour Department facilitating talks.
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