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Cleanup after port conflict could take months

According to Alphaliner, the 29 ports on the US West Coast are experiencing an extensive cargo backlog following the labor conflict, which seems to be near its end.

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The best case scenario is that it will take at least six weeks to clean up the accumulation of cargo that has been building in the past few months of the labor conflict in 29 ports on the US West Coast, according to analyst agency Alphaliner.

Today the conflict seems to be solved with a new five-year agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the employers in the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). But the agreement is still subject to approval by the members.

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