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India Truckers’ Strike

India road transportation suspension causing delivery delays.
Truckers’ Strike in India

“All India Motor Transport Congress” (AIMTC) declared an “indefinite chakka jam” that went into effect on July 20. The strike is supposed to last until current demands of the association are accepted by the Indian government.

The strike impacts all major ports in India and leads to the suspension of all cargo and passengers transport operations by truck or bus. We expect not only delays of cargo transport, but also a higher risk of damage due to the monsoon season.

A total of 930,000 trucks are off the road at the moment, concentrated mainly in the Mumbai area with 160,000 trucks on strike in Maharashtra state. As it is the main port of entry in India, supply chain disruptions are wide spread.

Major Indian ports affected

The strike was called for at India’s most important ports where approximately 60% of the country's cargo volume is handled. The “Maharashtra Heavy Vehicle & Interstate Container Operator's Association” (MHVICOA) and the national co-ordination committee of six federations of major port workers fully support the suspension of transport operations including the boycott of transportation to and from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Terminal (J.N.P.T) and further terminals at Nhava Sheva port in Mumbai, India’s largest container port.

Ports in the following cities will be affected: Port Blair, Chennai, Cochin, Goa, Gujarat, Mumbai (including Jawaharlal Nehru Port Terminal), Kolkata, Mangalore, Mumbai, Odisha.

Click here to read the official strike announcement of the "All India Motor Transport Congress”.

Delays and higher risk of damage

We expect delays and increased risk of damage due to the monsoon season:

  • Unpredictable delivery delays as import and export cargo which is in road transit to / from the Container Freight Stations (CFS) is expected to be stuck; import containers will be held up at the port area, export containers in the CFS area.
  • Cargo which is stuck in transit is more prone to transport risks caused for example by heavy rain. 
  • e-way bills generated for import / export cargo from and towards the ports might get invalid; claims due to non-closure of e-way bills will increase.

The major demand of AIMTC is “Scrapping of Direct Port Delivery (DPD) tendering system and streamlining of Port Congestion” which went into effect on May 1. The association is also fighting for a modification of the current wage structure.

Please reach out to your local DACHSER contact if you have any questions. We will continue to find solutions to deliver your cargo as expeditiously as possible.

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