Exports to Pakistan through the new Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari remained suspended for the second consecutive day on Saturday as Indian traders remained adamant on not sending a single item across the border till cargo-handling charges were lowered.
A spokesman for the striking traders said that Central Warehousing Corporation managing director BB Patnaik had invited them to Delhi for talks on May 1. Traders will continue their strike till then, the spokesman added.
On day two of the protest, no truck crossed over to Pakistan. Imports from Pakistan took a dip on Saturday, as 50-60 trucks carrying goods reached the Indian side as compared to 77 trucks on Friday.
Though trucks from across the border unloaded goods, Indian traders did not lift imported items.
Ever since the ICP got operational, Indian exporters and importers have been claiming that they were being asked to pay high charges for trade through the new check post.
They had held meetings with the officials of the Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and Land Port Authority of India (LPAI) before going on strike.