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8/1/2018
Nationwide transporters strike called off after talks with Government

The “All India Motor Transport Congress” (AIMTC) called off their nationwide strike on Friday, July 27, 2018, the eighth day of their protest. The decision to end the commotion was taken after a marathon meeting of transporters and assurance from the senior “Road Transport and Highways Ministry” officials to look into the transporters demand and constitute a high-level committee under the “Road, Transport and Highways Secretary”.
Strike hits cargo handling at major ports

The end of the strike therefore came as a big relief to companies across the country. The cascading effect of the nationwide strike has affected different industries such as FMCG or automotive badly. Supplies of essential farm commodities like cotton, grains and spices faced the heat of the protest the most.

While commodities have begun to move again, it will still take some time to bring back normalcy considering numerous delays and disruptions.

DACHSER India will stay in close contact with all related parties and take all necessary measures to limit the deferrals in import and export. Should you have any inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us.

Strike causes crisis in many industries

The “Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers” (SIAM), the apex industry body representing leading vehicle and vehicular engine manufacturers in India, said agitation has caused an unprecedented crisis; manufacturers had to adjust their productions as the strike affected the supply and distribution of vehicles heavily.

The “Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India” (ASSOCHAM) confirmed that the strike caused direct and indirect estimated losses of more than INR 50,000 crore (6,215 m EUR) to the economy with micro, small and medium enterprises affected the most.

What will happen after the strike?

The committee will look into matters like e-way bill implementation, GST-related issues of the transport sector, rationalisation of TDS rates, rationalisation of rates for presumptive tax on transport vehicles, consistent travel across the state borders and highways as well as Direct Port Delivery (DPD).

In a joint statement, the “Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India” (IRDAI) has concurred that third party insurance for heavy vehicles will be reviewed. The government has agreed to put in place a mechanism to ensure seamless movement for the transport vehicles across the toll plaza’s in the country by using technology and reducing manual interferences.

The government will also explore the possibility of extending health benefits for drivers and co-workers of the commercial vehicles under the “Employees' State Insurance Corporation” (ESIC). Moreover, it will notify the “National Permit Scheme” for tourist vehicles and aims to reduce diesel prices by five to six rupees per liter in a couple of months.

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