PORT OF LA, LONG BEACH KEEP “CONTAINER DWELL FEE” ON HOLD THROUGH MAY 13
The San Pedro Bay ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will once again delay consideration of the “Container Dwell Fee” for another week until May 13 citing continued improvements in cargo flows at the two major North American ports.
Port of LA and Long Beach said in an update that since the program was announced on October 25, the two ports have seen a combined decline of 47% in aging cargo on the docks.
"The executive directors of both ports will reassess fee implementation after monitoring data over the next week. Fee implementation has been postponed by both ports since the start of the program," the statement said.
The Long Beach and Los Angeles Boards of Harbor Commissioners have both extended the fee program through July 28.
Under the temporary policy, ocean carriers can be charged for each import container dwelling nine days or more at the terminal.
The ports noted that currently, no date has been set to start the count with respect to container dwell time.
The ports earlier planned to charge ocean carriers US$100 per container, increasing in US$100 increments per container per day until the container leaves the terminal.
Any fees collected from dwelling cargo will then be reinvested for programs designed to enhance efficiency, accelerate cargo velocity and address congestion impacts.