Bangladesh Truck-Covered Van Owners’ Association and Bangladesh Truck Driver Workers’ Federation called off their 72-hour nationwide strike on Wednesday, bringing a huge relief to traders and businessmen.
Transport workers began the strike on Tuesday morning to press home their 15-point demand including issuing driving license on easy terms and stopping extortion by traffic police on highways causing concern among importers, clearing and forwarding agents, shipping agents, and port users.
Bangladesh Truck Driver Workers’ Federation President Md Monir told journalists that the strike was called off after reassurances that their demands will be met by the government.
Chittagong Port Authority Director (Transport) Enamul Karim told journalists that about 1,000 vehicles loaded with goods started leaving the port one by one from 4.30 pm.
At this time the roads around the port were jammed with traffic. He said activities at the terminal, jetty and shed inside the port were normal during the transport strike.
Due to the strike from 8.00 am on Tuesday, no cargo truck, covered van or prime mover could enter or leave Chittagong port.
As a result, container transport to and from 19 private container depots (offdocks) inside and outside the port was virtually stopped, which was a cause for concern among importers, garment exporters, C&F agents, shipping agents and berth operators.
There was also a disruption in the supply of essential commodities due to the halt in the import activities at the port.