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Freight backlog in major western US ports worsens

With labour dispute on, Asian suppliers resort to using airfreight, which is more costly

Containers stacked up at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. West coast ports handle nearly half of all US maritime trade and more than 70 per cent of imports from Asia.

San Francisco

A LABOUR dispute in ports on the US West Coast is disrupting supply chains across the Pacific, forcing some Asian suppliers to resort to costly air freight and pushing up shipping rates as more freighters are caught up in long queues to dock.

With ports near gridlock