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Retailers rush to import goods, fearing work stoppage at U.S. ports
Retailers rush to import goods, fearing work stoppage at U.S. ports

Retailers are rushing goods into the nation's ports, fearful labor strife may arrive on the docks and affect the busy holiday season, a trade group said. The powerful longshoremen’s union is negotiating a new contract for its nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports. A breakdown in talks led to a 10-day lockout in 2002, shutting ports along the coast. Fearful of such disruptions, retailers “aren’t taking any chances,” according the monthly Global Port Tracker report, released by the National Retail Federation.  Imports to large U.S. container ports will likely hit 1.5 million container units this month, the highest level in at least five years,...

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