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Port Of Hueneme Officials Say Federal Budget Crisis Will Slow Cargo Movement At Port, And Idle Some Workers

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:20pm

Officials with a South Coast port say the federal budget crisis is hitting home.

Port of Hueneme officials say sequestration means there is no overtime available for customs officials to clear ships arriving after normal working hours. The cutback means ships arriving from foreign ports outside of working hours will not be able to offload cargo, and the union workers who would normally unload the cargo will be idled.

Port officials say it could mean up to 48 hour delays in unloading the vessels.

They estimate it could mean the loss of 100 overtime union jobs. Seven billion dollars in cargo passes through the port annually.

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