Dockworkers’ dispute affect US West Coast ports

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A vessel backlog that developed earlier this week at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach amid a lack of longshore labour was cleared Friday as talks between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents ocean carriers and marine terminals, continued in San Francisco Friday for a third straight day.  Earlier in the week ports in California, including Oakland, Long Beach, and Los Angeles, experienced delays and congestion as a result of recent action taken by dockworkers. Additionally, the ILWU union members in Canada are voting on whether to support a strike that would affect along the west coast. Despite the challenges, freight rates from Asia to the US west coast have not seen a significant increase this week, suggesting that shippers are managing the situation calmly.

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