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Datamyne Blog

Covering trade & transport, with tips on using import-export data to advantage

Strike Watch

Category: Transport

Shut-down at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach enters its second week

It has now been a week since strikes by clerical workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63 have forced the closure of facilities at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as dockworkers and truckers refuse to cross picket lines.

According to the LA Times, seven of the eight cargo container terminals at LA and three of the six cargo container terminals at Long Beach are effectively closed.

The Marine Exchange has reported at least nine container ships due at the ports had been diverted to ports in Northern California, Mexico or Panama as of December 1. The two ports usually receive a half-dozen or so container ships a day. 34 are scheduled to arrive Dec. 4-7

We are tracking these developments at Datamyne. Clearly, delays in shipments and diversions of vessels will result in amendments to manifests, perhaps on a large scale. We are in close contact with Customs and Border Protection, working to capture shipment movements as quickly and accurately as is our norm during these disruptions. Stay tuned.

Update: Tuesday night, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced “an agreement has been reached between labor and management that will bring to an end the eight-day strike that has cost our local economy billions of dollars.”

KPCC Radio reported that all the terminals were open and in “full throttle” Wednesday morning, according to a spokesman for the port. It will take at a minimum several days to catch up with the cargo that’s stacked on the docks, he said.

Our latest information from CBP is that 17 vessels have been diverted to other ports, with 10 going to Oakland, 1 to Panama, and 6 to Mexico. The vessel diverted to Panama and 5 of the 6 diverted to Mexico will not be returning to LA. The vessels diverted to Oakland plan to return to LA to discharge cargo.

Date posted: December 4, 2012

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