Shanghai: More than 100 container truck owners started a strike and protest at Ningbo Beilun port yesterday morning.
The owners have requested to increase trucking freight rates and claimed that the rate hasn’t been increased for eight years.
“Ningbo Port gave a guidance rate for trucking service eight years ago, it hasn’t been increased since then, however, the diesel price has almost doubled during the eight years,” said Tian Zhongyong, a truck owner at the protest.
Lin Xiaofeng, an official at Ningbo Container Transport Association, explained to the truck owners that Ningbo Transportation Association has already made a new trucking rate, which increased the current rate by 12%, and planned to announce it on August 22, unfortunately the owners started the protest without knowing the news.
The protest was finished in the afternoon.
An official from Ningbo port said about 200 trucks were involved in the strike yesterday, but it had only a minor affect on the container transport in the port. [19/08/14]