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Pay-Anything Mood Grips U.S. Importers Fearful of Shipping Woes

  • Some transportation providers have failed to honor contracts
  • Coming year will bring more spot-rate volatility, analysts say
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U.S. importers, straining under a tapped-out supply chain, are increasingly offering top dollar for long-term shipping contracts that may not even be honored as they try whatever it takes to guarantee the arrival of their products.