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West Coast Seaports Bustling Again After Agreement

Ben Margot / AP

Container ships wait to be unloaded at the Port of Oakland, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Oakland, Calif.

Ben Margot / AP

(AP) -- The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend. That process is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers.

More than 1,000 dockworker assignments were filled Sunday at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and over 2,000 are expected to be filled Monday.

Work at all the ports had slowed significantly over a months-long contract dispute, causing huge backups. A tentative deal was struck late Friday. By Saturday night workers in Oakland and the other ports from San Diego to Seattle were starting to clear the backlog.

It will take a few months for ports to clear all the cargo.

West Coast seaports handle roughly one-quarter of U.S. international trade, an amount worth about $1 trillion annually.