AB5 Protests Cause Vessel Congestion at the Port of Oakland to Grow

Dear Valued Customer, 


Truckers at the Port of Oakland continue to protest the AB5 law. As a result, vessel congestion at the port has increased significantly in the past three days, and all indications show that the congestion will continue to grow.


Also, the Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT), which handles 70-percent of the port’s overall volume, is currently closed because dockworkers at that terminal are not reporting to work due to safety concerns. Although some dockworkers at the port’s other terminals are continuing to process inbound ships, no cargo can leave the port while truck gates remain closed.


Please reach out to your dedicated customer service representative if you are concerned about any shipments heading to or from the US West Coast. 


Also, we are advising clients to look at this current shutdown as a snapshot of what a larger West Coast ports slowdown could look like (vessel congestion increasing exponentially and cargo not leaving the port) if the ILWU and PMA do not come to an agreement. Please reach out to your customer service representative to plan ahead in case this possible situation becomes a reality.


Sincerely yours, 


OEC Group





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