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Strikes turn US ports into ghost towns

5 December 2012 Last updated at 04:13 GMT

Clerical workers have been on strike at the US ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for more than a week.

The strikes have brought operations to a screeching halt and shut down the major passage for goods from Asia.

Both sides are willing to sit down with a federal mediator, but the strike is still costing the US economy up to $1bn a day.

The BBC's David Willis reports from the port of Long Beach.