It will take West Coast ports about two months to process backlogged work and return operations to normal after a labor dispute led to widespread delays, the Port of Long Beach's CEO told CNBC on Monday.
"It's an amazing congestion problem. It is epic proportions from our perspective," Jon Slangerup said in a "Squawk Box" interview.
A group of shipping companies and the powerful dockworkers union reached the tentative deal on Friday after nine months of negotiations, settling a dispute that disrupted the flow of cargo through 29 U.S. West Coast ports and snarled trans-Pacific maritime trade with Asia.
The Port of Long Beach was running at full strength on Saturday night and Sunday, said Slangerup. His team is doing everything it can to align truckers and rail operators and to make additional space available to begin staging containers and getting them off the docks, he added.
However, the priorities for processing cargo will be set by ocean carriers and the cargo owners themselves, and the docks can only fulfill those priorities as they are dictated.