Slowdowns by container truck drivers over wage increases threaten to disrupt normal operations at the APM Terminals facility in India’s Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva).
“A go-slow by truck operators started at APM Terminals on June 29. This has badly affected APMT’s productivity and the terminal is able to perform only 10 to 12 moves an hour,” a shipping line agent at Nhava Sheva said.
Local shipping sources said negotiations between terminal officials and drivers’ union representatives have so far failed to resolve the impasse.
Latest reports from Nhava Sheva said two trucking companies operating inside the terminal suspended operations on July 2, hampering clearance of imports.
APMT Mumbai is one of three container-handling facilities in Nhava Sheva Port, which accounts for more than half of India’s total containerized traffic. The private terminal handled 2 million 20-foot-equivalent units in fiscal year 2012-13, which ended March 31, up from 1.89 million TEUs in the previous year.