By  on July 18, 2012

WASHINGTON — Retailers and apparel brands are growing concerned about the threat of a potential East Coast port strike that could hit at the beginning of the critical holiday selling season and cause severe disruptions in cargo shipment deliveries.

Roughly 20 percent of all apparel, textiles and footwear is shipped through East and Gulf Coast ports that are at the center of stalled contract negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance, representing ocean carriers. The two sides are negotiating several key issues, including a demand from the ILA that the contract protect jobs displaced by technological advances and automation, that the contract cover chassis pool operators and that it require on-dock weighing of containers to improve safety.

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