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Port squeeze threatens US retailers' holiday stocking plans

Problem stems from a shortage of trucking equipment, possible labour disruptions

The backlog of containers is creating extra work. Statistics from the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents 29 ports along the West Coast, show hours paid to terminal workers jumped 24 per cent this September over the same month last year.


A SHORTAGE of transportation equipment and possible labour disruptions at the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex, the nation's busiest, is delaying shipping containers for up to three weeks, threatening timely delivery to retailers for the holiday season.

The delays are