Container Dwell Fee Remains on Hold Until December 6th
San Pedro Bay Ports Continue to Monitor Improved Fluidity on Terminals
The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach announced today a further postponement of the “Container Dwell Fee.” After meetings today with U.S. Port Envoy John Porcari, ocean liner companies and marine terminal operators, the two ports said the fee will not be considered prior to Dec. 6.
Since the fee was announced on Oct. 25, the twin ports have seen a combined decline of 37% in aging cargo on the docks. The executive directors of both ports will reassess fee implementation after another week of monitoring data.
Under the temporary policy approved Oct. 29 by the Harbor Commissions of both ports, ocean carriers can be charged for each import container that falls into one of two categories: In the case of containers scheduled to move by truck, ocean carriers could be charged for every container dwelling nine days or more. For containers moving by rail, ocean carriers could be charged if a container has dwelled for six days or more. Currently, no date has been set to start the count with respect to container dwell time.
The ports plan to charge ocean carriers in these two categories $100 per container, increasing in $100 increments per container per day until the container leaves the terminal.
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Source: Port of Los Angeles
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