Cargo handled at the Port of Los Angeles fell considerably in November compared to the prior year, a decrease port officials blame in part on a recent eight-day work stoppage that ended on Dec. 5.

The port reported an overall decrease of 16 percent compared to November 2011. Exports decreased by 25.8 percent while imports fell by 18.6 percent, officials said.

The number of empty containers handled by terminal operators - which are counted by port officials when they calculate their monthly cargo numbers - rose by nearly 4 percent compared to November 2011.

Seven of eight terminals at the port were closed during a recent strike by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union's Office Clerical Unit.

- Brian Sumers


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