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Published in TZ Latest News 4 February, 2015 by The TZ Newswire Staff

U.S. West Coast shippers invoke specter of port shutdowns

The chief labor negotiator for shippers and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports raised the ante in contract talks with the dockworkers’ union on Wednesday, warning that ports plagued by chronic cargo slowdowns were days away from complete gridlock. L.A. port spokesman Phillip Sanfield called the levels of congestion unprecedented, and said it would take weeks to clear the cargo backlog once operations returned to normal.