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Employers "hopeful that this will allow us to move toward conclusion of an agreement in the near term."
Move comes as ILWU, PMA talks enter 10th month.
Price tag for Singapore-based APL Logistics is significantly higher than the $750 million first mooted when NOL announced in August that it was exploring a sale or IPO.
Transpacific carriers cite port congestion and stronger demand as economy improves.
New style port directors are trying to tailor ports to industry supply chain needs.
Senate moves to decouple fight over immigration policy from Homeland Security, but resistance remains in House.