“A week shouldn’t make a big difference, but if it takes much more than that, you’re going to shorten the shelf life at the other end,” he said. “Some customers have already told me they don’t want to take the risk so they’re sending it back (before loading).
“They’d have a trucker pick it up and bring it back to me. What do I do with two-week old fruit?”
Some refrigerated goods diverted to Oakland or Ensenada could end up in Los Angeles or Long Beach again, Sanfield said.
“Some exporters are trying to get their stuff up through Oakland,” Gilliland said. “But if that’s a ship that then has to go to L.A., it’s not going to work. It’s starting to create a problem.”
“The boats that go from Long Beach to Oakland are not coming up until they get unloaded, so they’re all stuck,” LoBue said. “We can’t get out of either port. The whole California program is shutting down.”