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Strikes in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that are estimated to cost the U.S. $1 billion a day, are benefiting the Mexican port city of Ensenada, according to Ricardo Lopez at the LA Times.Ensenada which typically gets about six cargo ships a week, is expecting traffic to boom because of the strikes, than it would at the peak of its fall shipping season, according to Lopez.
Two of 17 rerouted ships have docked at Ensanada so far. The Maersk Merlion docked Monday and workers have unloaded 100 cargo containers from the ship. And the port is preparing for more cargo ships as the strikes continue in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Clerical workers that have been without a contract for 2.5 years began striking last week after negotiations with the port broke down, and other workers have refused to cross the picket lines.
Ensanada’s lack of railway infrastructure has hindered it from getting more shipping business in the past. But with retailers unsure of how long the strikes will continue, the Mexican port city has become a convenient back up. While workers there are aware that this influx is temporary, they are glad for the extra work.