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erminal gates blocked on Day 3 of port truckers’ demonstration against California’s independent contractor law

Erminal gates blocked on Day 3 of port truckers demonstration against Californias independent contractor law


Oakland International Container Terminal management shut down its operations at the Port of Auckland on Wednesday, with all other marine terminals except OICT shutting down truck access, bringing the port to a near standstill. Freight operators in Oakland, Calif., are bracing for a week-long strike by truckers. Truckers blocked operations at the third-busiest container port in the western Americas this week, adding new disruptions to already strained U.S. supply chains. While the congestion in the eastern Americas and the disruption of inland transportation in the central Americas continues...




Truckers have blocked vehicles from entering the container terminal at the Port of Oakland in what is understood to be the largest protest by truckers to date. In fact, the strike entered the second day. There were long queues outside the TRAPAC terminal. The OICT gate was closed for the whole day. The three marine terminals of the Port of Oakland have closed the truck channel, which actually stopped almost all business (except a small amount of business), and Protest against California's AB5 bill.


The law will impose stricter restrictions on drivers who are classified as employees (rather than independent contractors), and an estimated 70,000 truck drivers will be subject to the bill who do not want to be employees or part of a union. Because it means truck drivers will lose their freedom to operate independently, making it more difficult to earn a living.


The Oakland protests, which were supposed to last a few days, started on Monday, but have grown in size and destruction over time. Gary Shergil, one of the protest organizers, told The Wall Street Journal that "the strike protests could go on for weeks or months."


The Port of Oakland is a major import gateway and agricultural export center for the United States, with more than 2,100 trucks passing through the terminal every day, importing a wide range of goods, including wine and meat from Australia, as well as furniture, clothing and electronics from China, Japan, and South Korea. Before the epidemic, there was no congestion at the port, and ships rarely needed to wait for a berth at the port. The strike has exacerbated congestion at the port amid a surge in container throughput during the pandemic, with port officials saying there are 15 container ships waiting to berth.


In addition, the east coast and Gulf Coast ports were also crowded with waiting ships. In early July, 20 container ships were waiting for berths along the Gulf/New York and New Jersey coasts. According to statistics from June, the average waiting time for ships to enter the port has been 4.5 days, and the detention time of imported containers at New York and New Jersey terminals has been delayed to 8-14 days.


It is reported that Amazons FTW1 warehouse (Texas) in Central America is still suffering from severe inland trailer congestion. Currently, truck drivers must wait in line for at least 6 hours before being assigned to an empty dock, while unloading For palletized and floor loaded containers, it will take at least 4 hours. In addition, it is worth noting that the Amazon LAX9 warehouse in Western America will be closed until Friday, and the delivery time will also be affected.


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