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Korean drivers’ strike crumbling

BUSAN, Korea -- Korean truckers are resuming work despite a union strike, according to Ministry of Maritime Affairs...


BUSAN, Korea — Korean truckers are resuming work despite a union strike, according to Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries officials.

Business is almost back to normal at major ports, officials say.

Cargo flows in and out of Busan Port are estimated to have returned to almost 80 per cent of normal. The amount of freight piled-up was reduced to its usual level. Busan handles about four-fifths of the nation’s container cargo.

Gwangyang Port, Korea’s second largest, improved even faster, witnessing 97.2 per cent of its regular logistics flow. A strike by 30,000 truckers dealt a serious blow to the nation’s logistics system.

“About 40 per cent of union container drivers have returned to work after a week-long strike and emergency measures by container operating firms proved effective,” an official said.


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