A strike interrupts the transport of goods to and from the port of Ctg



Freight transportation to and from Chittagong port halted after a three-day strike was called by the Bangladesh Covered-Van Truck Prime Mover Freight Transport Owners Association and the Workers’ Federation trucks from Bangladesh.

The two organizations have been observing the strike since this morning to materialize their demand for 15 points, reports our correspondent Chattogram.

The demands include the withdrawal of the decision to increase the withholding tax on income imposed on vehicle owners and the direct issuance of permits for heavy vehicles.

Speaking to the Daily Star, homeowners association general secretary Chowdhury Zafar Ahmed said the government had increased withholding income tax in 2019 without any discussion with their leaders. But the owners paid the tax at the previous rate, he said.

Now the government has demanded to pay the full tax, including what is pending, Zafar Ahmed said.

Visiting gate number 4 of Chittagong Port, our correspondent found that there was no vehicle at the port to transport the goods today.

Usually 6,000-7,000 vehicles travel to the port daily to transport goods, Zafar Ahmed added.

Bangladesh Inland Container Depot Association secretary Ruhul Amin Shikder said transport between the port and 18 private inland container depots also remained suspended as of this morning.


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