KARACHI - The Karachi Goods Carriers Association called off their strike on Monday evening on the assurance from the government that their problem will be solved, The Nation learned. The government official and the representative of transporters held a meeting to discuss the strike issue but the meeting ended in failure earlier. However, in another meeting the government officials gave a firm assurance to the transporters to fulfil their demands, as a result the transporters ended their seven day strike on Monday.    The Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Qamar Zaman Kaira reached Karachi and held a meeting with the leaders of Goods-Carrier Transport Association while Provincial Minister for Transport Akhtar Hussain Jadoon, Karachi Goods-Carriers Association Chairman Captain Asif, Madad Ali Niazi and others attended the meeting. On the other side, a cement manufacturer while talking to The Nation claimed that over $4.2 million dollars losses had been faced by the cement industry in last 5 days as ships waiting for loading for last one week at berth at port, but cement could not reach the port due to strike. Out of daily exports of 15000 tons cement, the Lucky cement company's share is 8000 to 9000 tons cement, an official of the company said, adding that his company was facing huge losses due to strike of transporters. He told that one ship hired by the company was waiting for loading of cement which occupied the berth four days ago while some other ships were also waiting for loading at outer anchorage of port. He estimated that over $4.2 million dollars loss has been occurred to cement industry while financial losses to national exchequer were in addition to it.  He said the foreign trade, especially exports of other sectors would suffer badly in case the strike goes on further. The manufacturers were of the view that they trying to persuade the foreign buyers because they were not able to meet the export orders, he said and cautioned that if this strike continues for next few days, the foreign buyers might cancel the export orders.   Cement manufacturer informed that they used their vehicles to bring the cement at port but some elements tried to damage them. Yasin Siddiq vice chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association without giving any figure of financial loss to textile sector said the strike of good carriers transport has affected negatively the foreign trade of the country.