The Ex-Im operations within the Chennai port got here to a standstill on Tuesday after talks between homeowners of container-carrying trailers and numerous commerce our bodies failed. Trailer operators have been on strike since Monday demanding an 80% hike in rent fees.
S.R. Raja of the Trailer House owners’ Affiliation mentioned just one affiliation, the Customs Home Brokers had agreed to extend charges. “There are two extra associations concerned within the commerce, however they haven’t agreed to our phrases. The worth of every thing from third celebration insurance coverage to spare elements and tyre retreading has elevated. The final enhance in rent fees was in 2014,” he mentioned. Trailers had been operation for 41 years now and the enterprise had modified from merely dropping off and choosing up containers to and from the ports to extra freight stations and distances being added.
The operators have submitted new charges as per the space and dimension of the container. As an illustration, they need ₹6,120 to be paid for a 20-feet-long container for which the current fee is ₹3,400. Equally, for a 40-feet-long container, they need ₹12,240 to be paid instead of ₹6,800. These charges have been mounted in accordance with the space between the port and numerous container freight stations (CFS). There are a complete of 34 that serve the three ports in Chennai and Tiruvallur, and they’re members of the Nationwide Affiliation of Container Freight Stations (NACFS).
Sources within the NACFS mentioned they weren’t a commerce physique and solely an affiliation. “We can not get entangled in industrial transactions between our members and their distributors. The consignments are carried following a direct contract entered by the member and the seller, and we’re not even celebration to this contract. Our members can’t be instructed to extend transport fees. It’s towards the Competitors Act,” a supply mentioned.