West Coast conflict halts growth in US ports

The nine month conflict in 29 ports on the US West Coast has had a big impact on US container imports in the first months of the year, according to numbers from Zepol.

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The consequences of the protracted conflict between the union ILWU and the carriers and terminal operators in 29 ports on the US West Coast are now emerging. An analysis performed by US-based analyst agency Zepol shows that container imports in the US ports declined five percent this year compared to January and February last year.

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