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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

Published Mon, Feb 16, 2015 · 09:50 PM

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 and cargo delays being felt throughout the US economy, President Barack Obama on Saturday dispatched Labour Secretary Tom Perez to California to broker an agreement on a new contract between dock workers and the group representing shippers and terminal operators.

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