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FTR Associates predicts high long-haul truck rates as shippers try to rush goods to rest of country.
Southern California ports plan continued cooperation to get containers moving.
Employers "hopeful that this will allow us to move toward conclusion of an agreement in the near term."
Marine terminal officials agree that future contracts will require ongoing collaboration.
Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou told American Shipper container lines need to adapt to permanent overcapacity, and cited Maersk's network management as the primary driver of bumper profits in recent years.
Economist revised forecasts, predicting lower import growth and a second year of declines in exports.