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Goods transporters ends strike

KARACHI: Goods transporters ended their 10-day long strike in Karachi on Thursday after over 70,000 containers stuck up at Karachi ports. They called off the strike after Sindh government assured them of resolving their issues.

Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Regional Chairman on Horticulture Exports Committee, Ahmad Jawad said the country faced economic emergency for last 10 days due to the strike. “More than 70,000 containers with their respective products stuck up at Karachi ports and no space was available there. Each exporter faced a loss of Rs 20 lac to 1 crore per day.”

The SHC has directed relevant authorities to ban the movement of heavy vehicles in the city during the daytime. The Sindh government later implemted this order. President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Shamim Ahmed Firpo said that the business and industrial community suffered much loss during the strike.

“The strike badly affected the entire supply chain including inland supplies and export consignments, besides resulting in severe containers’ congestion at the ports in the country. Import and export containers remained stuck up at the ports, warehouses and godowns, which have to be moved particularly the consignments carrying perishable items otherwise all these consignments would decay, causing severe losses to relevant businessmen and industrialists. “If the situation goes on like this, it will result in closure of many industrial units, rendering thousands of workers and daily-wage earners jobless”, Firpo added.

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