Striking truckers in Asia threaten to add to supply chain snarls

Truckers are striking against surging diesel prices across Asia's emerging economies, threatening to add pressure to snarled global supply chains.

Trucks transporting containers travel along a road near the Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Nov. 14, 2020. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Dimas Ardian.

The latest protest is taking place in Bangladesh, where truck owners and staff have stopped work since Friday, vowing to continue until the government reverses its decision to raise diesel prices by 23%, according to the country's Truck, Covered Van and Lorry Owners and Workers' Coordinating Council. Port operations have been affected and cargo movement between districts is restricted, shipping line Hapag-Lloyd said in a customer advisory.

Earlier this month, truckers in Indonesia's South Kalimantan met the local government during a one-day stoppage to complain about diesel shortages and smuggling at fuel stations, while in Thailand tens of thousands of drivers have been on strike since last week and are demanding a cap on diesel prices...

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