Harbor truckers at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT; Nhava Sheva), the largest container port in India, have declared an indefinite strike that began yesterday, May 9, 2018. The strike is taking place to pressure authorities to reconsider a government-controlled transport solution that went into effect May 1st. The direct port delivery (DPD) program grants exclusive rights to four third-party logistics (3PLs) companies to handle import freight at the port. DPD was introduced to cut dwell times and cut logistics costs.
According to the Journal of Commerce, approximately 85 percent of JNPT freight moves by road. A resolution is anticipated this evening; however, even a short-term truck strike will cause substantial delays. The strike has led to an immediate shortage of trucks and trailers for freight moving in and around the port. Deringer will continue to monitor the situation. If you have concerns about a specific shipment, please contact one of our service centers.