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With a tentative five-year labour contract for US west coast ports expected to be ratified later this week by employers and union members, the emphasis will shift from a “war of words” to the challenge of clearing a backlog of ships and gridlocked terminals which has stymied many businesses in the country and led to factory lay-offs and expensive diversions.

The largest port in the US, Los Angeles, is hoping that it will soon be business as normal at its container terminals. And for shippers and carriers that want evidence that the words of the ILWU and PMA have been translated into action, they have launched a live feed via YouTube that will stream the action on the LA waterfront 24/7.

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