Traffic in the port complex was unusually slow Tuesday as thousands of truck drivers boycotted marine terminals in coordination with national immigration reform protests, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports.
At the Port of Los Angeles, container truck traffic was thinnest at the APL and Yang Ming terminals, but appeared to be picking up as the day progressed, said Los Angeles port spokeswoman Miaesha Campbell.
In the Port of Long Beach, shippers reported light traffic as well.
"Some of our terminals were saying they were less than half as busy as they normally are," said Long Beach port spokesman Art Wong.
About 14,000 truck drivers haul goods in and out of the ports daily. Studies show a great majority are immigrants from Mexico and Central America.
Authorities in both ports said boycotts were peaceful, and on-dock staff, including longshoremen, were reporting to work.
Throughout the day, dozens of truckers gathered at Banning Park on Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington to chat with fellow drivers and catch up on the latest news.
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