Photo: Port of Long Beach
Strikes at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the busiest ports in the U.S., have entered their second week. Clerical workers that have been without a contract for 2.5 years have been picketing at the twin ports, and longshoreman and other union workers have refused to cross the picketing lines.
This is said to cost the U.S. $1 billion a day and nearby port cities like Ensanada, Mexico have been benefiting from the strikes.
We put together a photo tour on both the ports along with details on the economic impact the have on the nation, their biggest imports, exports, and trading partners.
It is the busiest port in the U.S. by container volume. As of 2011, it had 7.9 million 20-foot equivalent Units (TEUs)
It's biggest trading partners are China (including Hong Kong) at $136 billion, and Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam
It's top containerized imports are furniture, auto parts, apparel, electronic products, and footwear
It has a 40 per cent market share of the west coast in terms of container volume, and 20 per cent of nationwide market share
The Port of Long Beach is the second biggest port by container volume and moved 6.06 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2011
It supports 371,000 jobs in California and 1.02 million jobs across the U.S.. It is possible that some of these jobs overlap with those supported by the Port of Long Beach
Source: Port of Long Beach