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LA port terminals operate at 80% as officials try to protect workers from COVID19

PortandTerminal.com, March 25, 2020

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Port of Los Angeles officials said on Monday that cargo continues moving throughout all terminals at about 80% of expected operations, and they are making efforts to protect the port’s workforce against COVID19.

Although the port is operating at 80% of normal business, down from about 85% last week, it’s moving about half the amount of cargo it did last year at the height of the trade war between China and the U.S., and China is the port’s largest trade partner.

“It’s important for us to keep the supply chain fluid for essential commodities going to the American public, as well as medical supplies going to our health care professionals,” Seroka said. “But at the same time, we can’t let other commodities slow down the movement of these all-important goods.”

READ: Port of Los Angeles sees Coronavirus dragging on through most of 2020

Seroka said the health of the port’s workforce is at the top of his priorities, and the U.S. Coast Guard has been conducting screenings of crew members docking in the L.A. harbor area. Crew members from ships that are not based out of the U.S. cannot currently come on land unless they need specific medical treatment.

Derek Salcido is a longshoreman and an advocate for safe working conditions at the Port of Los Angeles.

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