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Port faces 'dire' backup under sequester delays, industry says

By Steve Strunsky/The Star-Ledger

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection service is warning of five-day delays for container inspections at the Port New York and New Jersey — the East Coast’s busiest port — because of automatic cuts in federal spending, a situation industry officials Monday said would have serious consequences.

An official with a retail trade organization said the backups and delay in unloading cargo would in all likelihood end up costing businesses and consumers money.

In a March 2 letter to shipping and air cargo groups, David Aguilar, a deputy commission of the customs service, warned of "increased and potentially escalating delays ... at major seaports."

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