LOS ANGELES — While mediated talks continued through the weekend between the Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union, vendors and customs brokers planned alternate routes for cargo and fretted about what would have to be done to resolve the labor dispute that has closed West Coast ports for over a week — at an estimated cost of $2 billion a day.

"At this point, we’re waiting for the madness to end and the chaos to begin," said Robert Krieger, president of freight forwarder Norman Krieger, whose hopes had been falsely elevated by rumors from the union camp that workers would be back on the job Saturday, under the old contract. Over the weekend, the PMA reiterated its stance not to open ports until the union extends the old contract, which forbids it from striking or engaging in work slowdowns.

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