LONG BEACH -- In light of the recent clerical workers strike that delayed goods movement for a week, the Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday will consider waiving cargo-related holding and storage fees that were incurred during the strike.

If approved, importers and exporters from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4 would not have to pay costly fees for cargo that sat idle at the ports while dozens of clerical workers went on strike.

The strike started Nov. 27 at the Port of Los Angeles after more than two years of talks crumbled between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit, the union representing more than 600 clerical workers at both ports, and their employers, the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Association, which represents shipping agencies and terminal operators in Southern California.

The strike, which longshore workers honored, spread to the Port of Long Beach a day later, resulting in the shutdown of two-thirds of the twin ports, considered the nation's busiest seaport complex.

The closures prompted ships either to sit idly in the water waiting to dock or head to other ports.

Long Beach port officials have already spoken about their intent to waive cargo fees in an effort to help customers quickly move their backlog of containers.

"What we want to do is minimize the impact of the closure on our customers," port Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle said on Dec. 5, the day after the strike was over.


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Commissioners also will hear from Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Steve Goodling, who will give a presentation on the port's economic impact to convention business.

The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. at the port administration building, 925 Harbor Plaza in Long Beach.


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