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Truck Drivers at Nation’s Busiest Seaport Complex Strike; International Trade Impact Minimal

(Christopher Weber – Vancouver Sun)

Hundreds of truck drivers who haul goods from docks at the nation’s busiest seaport complex walked off the job Monday in a dispute over their earnings and employment status, but the impact on international commerce did not appear to be significant.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the primary West Coast gateway for hundreds of billions of dollars of annual trade, much of it with Asia. Earlier this year, tough contract negotiations involving dockworkers who move containers on and off oceangoing ships nearly closed the twin ports, as well as more than two dozen others on the West Coast.

The ongoing dispute between truckers and trucking companies that resurfaced Monday was nowhere near as disruptive. Spokesmen for both ports said cargo containers were moving freely, despite scattered picket lines. Click here to read more.