LOS ANGELES (Nov. 25)—Far Eastern tire producers still are having headaches trying to get their products to U.S. customers, despite President Bush's Oct. 8 invocation of the Taft-Hartley Act to reopen West Coast ports and the six-year contract reached Nov. 24 between the dock owners and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. "It took until last week before deliveries of containers from the ports exceeded the new backup," said Earl Knoper, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corp. "It's getting better, but it's still really bad," added Richard Smallwood, vice president of sales and marketing for Falken Tire Corp. "On top of everything else, we're having trouble finding containers for shipments from Japan." The union will present the new contract Nov. 27 to 10,500 rank-and-file longshoremen, who are expected to vote on it shortly after Thanksgiving.
Tire shipments still backed up despite dock agreement
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