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Indian truckers' strike hits whole country

Staff Writer | July 27, 2018
A truckers’ strike across India has affected deliveries for e-commerce firms, hurt cotton trade in the world’s biggest producer of the fiber and disrupted the movement of grains and vegetables.
Indian truckers' strike
Asia   The strike began on July 20
The strike began on July 20 just days after Amazon and home-grown Flipkart, which is being acquired by U.S. retail giant Walmart, concluded their annual sale.

The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), the body which has organized the strike, is demanding a cut in federal and state levies on diesel by bringing the fuel under the scope of the nationwide Goods and Service Tax.

“The delivery of products in a few cities has been impacted and we are working closely with these customers to get their orders to them quickly,” an Amazon spokeswoman said.

India’s Snapdeal, which counts Japan’s SoftBank Group (9984.T) among its investors, said the slowdown of long-haul transportation had hit some of its deliveries in northern and western India.

“We have partially mitigated delays by re-allocating shipments as per operational capacities of our logistics partners,” a spokesman for Snapdeal said, adding that it had informed buyers and sellers about the delays.

Commodities trade in India has also been hit.

Cotton ginning factories are on the verge of closure because of the lack of raw material, said Atul Ganatra, president of Cotton Association of India.