The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach closed Thursday, April 6th at 5pm local time due a workforce shortage resulting from a local longshore labor action.
The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), representing West Coast port employers, indicated that a local union at the two ports withheld some labor for the evening shift on Thursday, leading to widespread labor shortages that halted operations. Continuing actions have also led to closures for Friday morning 1st shift operations. It is uncertain at this time whether additional shifts will be similarly impacted and if the disruption will last through today, into the weekend or when labor will return. Easter Sunday, April 9th is an ILWU holiday.
Port officials and truckers are advising shippers to expect delays in pulling and returning containers.
LOS ANGELES, LONG BEACH PORT TERMINALS SHUT DOWN DUE TO LABOR ISSUES
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