Growing optimism for port solution on US West Coast

The eight-month labor conflict on the US West Coast will now receive outside intervention, and this brings hope that a solution can be found to the problems that are affecting container carriers as well as their customers.

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The negotiations between the parties in the ports on the US West Coast have now entered a new stage.

For eight months, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which represents US port workers, and the Pacific Maritime Association have been trying to reach a new wage agreement. The old agreement expired on July 1st last year.

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