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India's longest dock strike buffets shippers, business

A national dock strike that has crippled the Indian economy moved into its 12 th day Tuesday, making it the country's longest and costliest port stoppage ever , according to the Western India Shippers Council, representing most of India's major exporters.

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Importers, exporters, shipping firms, and businessmen are all feeling the effects of the action, estimated to have cost the country about $1.2 billion so far.

A spokesman for the Indian National Shipowners Association said companies might have to ask for government relief as their debts had reached alarming proportions.

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