60pc exports activities affected as cargo transporters strike enters 4th day

KARACHI:The cargo and goods transporters strike entered its fourth day on Thursday, affecting about 60 percent of the exports.

Cargo vehicles have been parked on roads resulting in suspension of shipment of consignments from the Port Qasim and Karachi Port. Supplies of vegetables, fruit and medicines to various parts of the country has been badly affected.

The talks between Governor Sindh Imran Ismail and representatives of transporters ended in a deadlock. The United Goods Transport Alliance has announced to continue strike till acceptance of demands. The transporters said that they would stop loading and un-loading activities till further orders. They have established a protest camp at Kathore near Karachi and over 7,500 heavy vehicles involved in goods transport have been parked in Kathore and Hawkesbay truck stand.

The cargo supplies across the country came to a halt on Monday. The transporters said that the decision of the Islamabad High Court over the matter was not being implemented and the Motorway Police was refusing to follow the Axle Load SRO 2000. They urged the government and the motorway police to implementation of the IHC order with regard to the enforcement of the Axle Load Management.

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More than 300,000 goods transport vehicles ply on the road across the country, while over 17,000 cargo vehicles run from Karachi to other parts daily.

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