Los Angeles, Long Beach terminal closures extend into day two

By Laura Curtis (Bloomberg) —

The largest container gate into the US remained closed Friday morning as a dockworker shortage that halted operations on Thursday evening spirals into a second day.

“ILWU Local 13 has held work again for this morning’s shift. Union action has effectively closed the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” the Pacific Maritime Association said in a statement.

The terminal closures come as cargo volumes in Southern California ports have fallen sharply from the peak a year ago. The risk of disruption and delays in contract negotiations has prompted retailers, manufacturers and other importers to avoid potential supply difficulties by rerouting goods to the East and Gulf Coasts.

The PMA, which represents shipping companies and terminal operators in contract negotiations that have been ongoing since last May, said while some workers turned up Thursday night, a majority of the jobs remained unfulfilled. “The workers who showed up were released because there were not all ILWU members to run the terminals.”

International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local Chapter 13, which operates in Southern California ports, has not returned a request for comment.

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