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Expiration of West Coast Ports Contract Brings Surge in Imports

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Washington–With West Coast longshoremen still negotiating a new contract, retailers are bringing holiday merchandise into the country at record levels to protect against potential supply chain disruptions, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. Import volume at major U.S. …

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Retailers Urge Expedited Contract Negotiations at West Coast Ports

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Washington—In an effort to stave off any work stoppage as shipments arrive to West Coast ports for the crucial holiday selling period, the National Retail Federation urged Tuesday that maritime management and the union representing dockworkers should expedite pending contract negotiations before current contracts expire this summer. “We urge you …

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Retail Imports to Rise in March as Retailers Stock Up for Spring

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Washington–The nation’s major retailer are stocking up for the Spring/Summer season, according to the latest data from the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. March import volume is expected to jump 12.4%. “Retailers are bouncing back from the annual post-holiday slowdown …