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As e-commerce booms, U.S. ports face traffic jams

Nov 23, 2020
A federal commission is investigating.
Containers are offloaded from a ship at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest.
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What the new coronavirus means for America's busiest port complex

Mar 5, 2020
"We've had 41 vessel cancellations from the middle of February through April 1," said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles.
The Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest container port, in November 2019.
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Trade whiplash costs businesses

Aug 15, 2019
Importers, shippers and American ports are struggling to stay on top of the ups and downs of the U.S.-China trade war.
Workers prepare a container at the port in Qingdao, China's eastern Shandong province, in earlier this year.
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Tariff jitters grow at Washington state port

Sep 12, 2018
The port of Vancouver handles the West Coast's second-largest volume of imported steel, now subject to a 25 percent duty.
ILWU Local 4 President Cager Clabaugh says the tariffs are already hurting work at the port. An order for 6,000 tons of copper ore on route to China was recently canceled. The mountains of copper now sit unused in a warehouse at the Port of Vancouver.
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U.S. ports are consolidating, as shipping lines have

Apr 5, 2017
The container-shipping industry is more consolidated than ever. As of this month, the world’s top ocean carriers are now mostly in three major alliances, set to control 90 percent of seaborne cargo. That changes the game for many of the country’s ports, who are themselves beginning to work together.  Click the audio player above to […]

As unions decline, dockworkers still have clout

Feb 23, 2015
Their union has the power to shut down all 29 ports on the West Coast.

What today's longshoremen do

Dec 28, 2012
A strike by East Coast dockworkers has been put off at least 30 days. These union members are often highly skilled, and they're critical to vital bottlenecks of global trade: ports.

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The East Coast port strike could impact retailers

Dec 28, 2012
We head into the weekend facing not one, but two possible shocks to the economy. There's the fiscal cliff, of course. And then there's the ports. Unionized longshoremen at 14 ports from Maine to Houston threaten to strike at midnight on Saturday, over a pay dispute.

East Coast port strike looms

Dec 28, 2012
The stuff we all buy – shoes, clothes, tools and nails – could all be harder to come by starting soon. Longshoremen on the East Coast and shipping companies and port operators have until midnight Sunday to work out a new contract.

Strike could shut down East Coast ports

Dec 21, 2012
A tense contract negotiation could end in a strike for East Coast longshoremen.
Birds fly over a port in New Jersey on October 31, 2012 in New York City.
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