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Operations resume at Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland’s marine terminals are open and operating normally. They have resumed operations after several days of disruption by truck drivers protesting AB5, the California law that requires companies that hire independent contractors to reclassify them as employees.

“The Port of Oakland has resumed full operations,” said Executive Director Danny Wan. “We appreciate the independent truck drivers’ use of the designated free speech zones and we thank local law enforcement for their continued assistance.”

The so-called free speech zones were set up on the weekend to accommodate protestors and safely resume operations.

Wan added, “The truckers have been heard and we now urge them to voice their grievances with lawmakers, not the Port of Oakland.” City of Oakland, regional and state law enforcement are continuing to monitor and implement measures to keep traffic flowing.

The port said that last week’s protests prevented the timely flow of international commerce, including medical supplies, agricultural products, auto and technology parts, livestock and manufacturing parts.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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