December 4, 2012 9:00 AM, EST
Mexican Port Picks Up Cargo Traffic as Strike Continues at L.A./Long Beach Ports
Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

A Mexican port 50 miles south of the California border is picking up shipping traffic as a strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continues, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

Mexico’s port at Ensenada is taking in extra cargo as the Southern California work stoppage enters its second week, the paper said.

Economists estimate the strike is costing $1 billion a day in forfeited worker pay, missing revenue for truckers and other businesses, the Times said.

The two sister ports, which make up the largest U.S. port complex, are directly responsible for an estimated 595,000 jobs in Southern California, the paper reported.

Two ships have made unplanned dockings and unloaded cargo at Ensenada in the last week, the Times reported, while three others have docked in Manzanillo, a Mexican port 1,200 miles to its south.

Altogether, 17 ships bound for the L.A. or Long Beach ports have been diverted elsewhere, including nine to the Port of Oakland, one to Mazatlan, Mexico, and one to Panama, the Times said.