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Shippers on US West Coast: We're approaching gridlock

A solution to the conflict in US West Coast ports has yet to be found and the situation in the ports is approaching total chaos, according to shippers on the US West Coast.

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Ports on the US West Coast will soon reach the end of the line, according to representatives for shippers on the US West Coast who, through the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), have now been negotiating with port workers in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) for eighth months to secure a new wage agreement.

"Eight months since contract talks began, and after more than two months of ILWU-staged slowdowns that have methodically reduced terminal productivity at the five largest ports on the West Coast, operations are approaching complete gridlock," says the PMA in a statement just a week after both parties approved the intervention of a mediator from the US Federal Mediation and Conciliation in the negotiations.

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