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In the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which handle 40% of the containers entering the U.S., backups have been observed since this summer, with many ships sitting offshore. (Source photo by Reuters)

U.S. retailers suffer shortages before holiday season

Shipping mess causing grave supply-side constraints at critical time for recovery

KENJI ASADA and HIONA SHIRAIWA, Nikkei staff writers | U.S.

TOKYO/NEW YORK -- A shipping mess at major U.S. ports is looming over the year-end shopping season, casting a shadow over a possible pickup in consumption as the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control.

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