Truckers End Strike at India's Nehru Port

Truckers End Strike at India's Nehru Port

Container trailer operators on Dec. 15 called off a three-day strike at the APM Terminals facility in India’s Port of Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru) that seriously affected cargo movements at the country’s largest container hub.

The trailer group suspended container hauling on Dec. 12, protesting increased vehicle turnaround times and other infrastructure issues at the private terminal.

The settlement followed conciliatory talks between representatives of the terminal authority and the Nhava Sheva Container Trailer Operators’ Association, which spearheaded the strike action.

“The terminal operator has agreed to address our grievances, and we are making all possible efforts to clear up the container backlog,” a representative of the truckers said.

APM Mumbai is one of three container-handling facilities in Nhava Sheva Port, which handles nearly 60 percent of India’s total containerized export and import cargo. Cumulative volume for fiscal 2011-12, which ended March 31, totaled a record 4.32 million 20-foot-equivalent units.