Chinese Truckers Protest High Fuel Costs, Private Fees

Chinese Truckers Protest High Fuel Costs, Private Fees

Chinese truck drivers are striking this week in Shanghai due to rising fuel costs and increased fees charged by private warehouse operators.

Police increased their presence Thursday in the Boashan district, a busy port in the city of Shanghai, where a 40-truck blockade is preventing goods from entering the dock area. Several truckers were arrested Wednesday for vandalizing trucks by breaking windows.

By The Numbers:
SCFI - Shanghai Containerized Freight Index

While Wednesday’s protests were tense, reports say that Thursday’s protests were not violent.

Truckers say in addition to the rising cost of gas, private warehouse owners are cutting into their profits by charging fees to truckers who pick up more than one container at a time. The fee for the additional container is $8, or 50 Yuan.

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