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Port Gridlock Stretches Supply Lines Thin in Blow for Economies

  • Delays may get worse before improving, several experts warn
  • Christmas gifts are sitting on the dock of a bay, wasting time
Cargo Clogs U.K.'s Largest Container Port
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

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Global ports are growing more gridlocked as the pandemic era’s supply shocks intensify, threatening to spoil the holiday shopping season, erode corporate profits and drive up consumer prices.