By  on July 1, 2014

LOS ANGELES — A surge of cargo is hitting West Coast ports as importers race to get their goods ashore before a key labor contract expires this evening.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association are expected to continue negotiating a new contract today — and while the outlook is generally positive, importers are taking the better-safe-than-sorry route. A strike, were it to come, could take a toll of as much as $2.5 billion a day.

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