Meanwhile, full imports in 2022 year-to-date are decreased by 4% compared to the first seven months of 2021.

The port added that congestion in the container yards hindered the terminals’ ability to load ships with goods destined for export, while the disruption caused by the strike and supply chain issues are making it harder for exporters to coordinate shipping activities and get their goods out of the port.

Port officials estimate that it could take a month before the port traffic will recover from the protest.

“Additionally, rates charged to ship containers from Asia to the US continued to decline pointing to a possible decrease in demand for imports,” said the port in a statement.

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