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US West Coast ports regain some of the lost volume

It seems that several US importers, who shifted cargo away from West Coast ports to rival gateways over labor disruption fears, have begun bringing some of that volume back.

But anxiety over labor negotiations only explains part of the market share losses at West Coast container ports, including the nation's busiest at Los Angeles/Long Beach, nine importers said at the Reuters Events Supply Chain conference this week in Chicago. "There is probably a 10% gap that they will never get back," said Regina Diaz, director of operations at Los Angeles-based Million Dollar Baby, which was already shipping goods to new distribution centers near the New Jersey and Savannah, Georgia.


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