Chennai: Valuable cargoes such as parts for the telecom and automobile industries are lying uncleared at the Chennai airport due to an indefinite strike by the temporary cargo handling workers belonging to a private company.
If the strike continues, the problem could precipitate as the ICEGATE (Indian Customs EDI Gateway) will be shut down from January 11, 1800 hrs to January 13, 0900 hrs.
The shut down of the ICEGATE system, a portal through which documents for import and export cargo clearance is filed, will be followed by the Pongal holidays next week.
“We are heading for major trouble next week, if the strike continues,” said an official of a large logistics company.
10/01/13 TE Raja Simhan/Business Line