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National Retail Federation vice-president for supply chain and customs policy Jonathan Gold submitted a post on the negotiations under way between terminal operators and the dockworkers’ International Longshore and Warehouse Union over a new master contract. The current contract expires on 30 June, and Mr Gold suggests that while talks are expected to extend beyond this date, retailers need to start drawing up contingency plans should a repeat of 2002 occur and industrial action take place.

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