‘CONTAINER DWELL FEE’ AT PORT OF LA, LONG BEACH ON HOLD UNTIL NOVEMBER 29 CITING IMPROVEMENTS
November 23, 2021
The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach announced further postponement of the “Container Dwell Fee” citing continued progress moving containers off marine terminals.
In a statement, the San Pedro Bay area ports noted that the fee will not be considered before November 29.
Since the fee was announced on October 25, the twin ports have seen a decline of 33% combined in aging cargo on the docks.
It added that the executive directors of both ports are satisfied with the progress thus fare and will reassess fee implementation after another week of monitoring data.
Under the temporary policy approved October 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.
The ports plan to charge ocean carriers in these two categories $100 per container, increasing in US$100 increments per container per day until the container leaves the terminal.
The ports noted that before the pandemic-induced import surge began in mid-2020, on average, containers for local delivery remained on container terminals under four days, while containers destined for trains dwelled less than two days.