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Imports plunged at West Coast ports amid labor dispute
Imports plunged at West Coast ports amid labor dispute

Months of congestion at West Coast ports -- the result of a labor dispute and other logistical problems -- led to major shifts in U.S. trade patterns. Import data for the first two months of this year show that the volume of container cargo coming into West Coast ports plummeted nearly 18% compared with the same period last year, according to the trade research firm Zepol. At the same time, the amount of cargo coming into East and Gulf coast ports grew by 10%. The numbers put a precise face on what retailers, farmers and manufacturers have known for months: Persistent delays at West Coast ports have forced businesses to find workarounds for...

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