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Update: Ningbo Trucker Strike Reportedly Turns Violent

According to multiple media and local sources, a trucker strike in the Ningbo, China port area continues without resolution, blocking loaded containers from being delivered to terminals and preventing import shipments from being delivered to local customers. As reported by a Hong Kong-based China Labor Bulletin, the scene at Beilun Container Port turned violent on August 21 when thousands of striking drivers confronted riot police and smashed the windshields of trucks that crossed a picket line. 

The work stoppage began late on August 18, when owner-operators began protesting their pay rate, unaware that the Ningbo Transportation Association had already agreed to a 12% wage increase, scheduled to be announced on August 22. According to the Journal of Commerce, the grievances of drivers in Ningbo are similar to those who blockaded Shanghai’s ports in April 2011, demanding an increase in their flat-fee haulage payment to offset rising fuel costs. The Shanghai protest was eventually broken up by police, with drivers returning to work and the local government announcing some minor concessions.

SPARX logistics will conitnue to monitor this situation and keep our customers apprised of the latest developments.  If you have questions or concerns related to specific shipments, please contact your SPARX representative.