UP bars shipments to L.A., Oakland

UP bars shipments to L.A., Oakland

Union Pacific today stopped accepting cargo bound for the ports of Oakland and Los Angeles to avoid a pile-up of containers as truckers vowed to continue protests that last week slowed traffic to a trickle at the country's key West Coast gateways.

The railroad said that the embargo would remain in place until the protests end or some resolution is reached.

The embargo on trailers and containers was effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday local time at Oakland, Long Beach, Los Angeles, City of Industry, East Los Angeles and Montello. UP's ramp at Lathrop, Calif. was embargoed Saturday morning, said John Bromley, director of public affairs, in an e-mail message.

Hundreds of independent truckers demonstrated at terminals in Oakland and Los Angeles Friday against rising gas prices. Terminal operators said truck traffic dropped as much as 85 percent during the protest.

Truckers also demonstrated at UP's intermodal ramp in Lathrop in San Joaquin County, where traffic dropped to 30 percent of normal.

The harbor truckers are demanding that ocean carriers pay fuel surcharges to cover soaring diesel prices.

The California Trucking Association said about 15 percent of the state's 10,000 to 12,000 truckers worked Friday. The CTA is not supporting the protests.