Long Beach and Los Angeles Ports Operated at 30-40% Due to Strike
We estimate that the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles operated at 30-40% of
typical intensity, due to a labor strike at marine container terminals. On Tuesday December 4, it was
less than 30%. A deal to end the strike was announced early this morning.
The animations and statistics below are based on a sample of METRIS-equipped trucks
that service the ports.
Long Beach terminals were relatively well off, with only Pier F (LBCT), Pier G (ITS) and Pier T (TTI) affected.
Animation of Port Truck Activity
The animation, based on GPS traces, compares activity on a typical Thursday evening (November 15) with last
Thursday evening (November 29), during the busy 6-8 pm period.
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Count of Truck Visits
In the chart above, the difference between the dark and light blue columns (indicated by the orange arrow in the case
of Wednesday) shows the shortfall in truck visits to marine terminals compared with a typical day. To the extent that
this proportionately represents trade volume, we also estimate typical national port trade volume, based on the annual
share of trade that Long Beach and Los Angeles conduct. Because these are estimates based on truck visits from the
METRIS-equipped sample, not container counts or dollar value, the chart is not numerically graduated.
Distance Driven by Port Trucks
This chart shows the difference between a typical driving day and the strike-impacted days. Some carriers weather
the situation better than others, depending on their business model. Those that haul containers long distances — as far
as Phoenix and Denver — are better equipped to handle a port disruption.