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Costco: Won’t shift imports to East Coast even after western ports strife

Costco Wholesale

”That’s over now, so we don’t expect any more problems,” John Thelan, senior vice president for depots and traffic at Costco, said in an interview at a supply chain meeting in Washington.

Costco Wholesale Corp. said it doesn’t plan to shift any of its U.S. imports to the East Coast as a result of lingering concerns over labor strife that led to lengthy shipping delays at West Coast ports earlier this year, a senior executive said.

“That’s over now, so we don’t expect any more problems,” John Thelan, senior vice president for depots and traffic at Costco, said in an interview at a supply chain meeting in Washington.

Any shift in Costco’s import flows would have a significant impact on shipping. The third-largest U.S. retailer, according to the National Retail Federation, Costco had $113 billion in global sales in its last fiscal year.

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