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Southern California ports’ throughput slowed by surging imports

Increasing container volumes have created ‘yard congestion’ or a bottleneck in the system that is having ill effects up and down the supply chain from ships at anchor to trucks on the streets

Jim McKenna, chief executive of the Pacific Maritime Association, which handles labour relations for leading shipping lines and terminal operators in ports along the Pacific Coast, said the slowdown and extended turn times were largely due to increasingly high volumes of containers

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