Shippers Concerned for East Coast Port Strike, Poll Reveals

Newark, NJ: Stalled contract negotiations between the International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance are scheduled to resume this week, but many shippers are preparing for the worst this fall, according to an online poll by The Journal of Commerce.

More than 75 percent of respondents consider labor disruption at East and Gulf Coast ports likely, and 68.1 percent have contingency plans in place to divert cargo.

The poll, conducted June 22-23, drew 232 anonymous responses to questions regarding shippers' expectations for the Sept. 30 expiration of the ILA contract.

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