CONTAINER DWELL FEE AT PORT OF LA, LONG BEACH ON HOLD AGAIN
June 24, 2022
The San Pedro Bay ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced that they will once again delay consideration of the “Container Dwell Fee” for another week, this time until July 1 citing continued improvement in cargo flows at North America's busiest cargo ports.
Port of LA and Long Beach said in a statement that since the program was announced on October 25, the two ports have seen a combined decline of 31% in aging cargo on the docks.
Despite the improvement, this number is slightly lower than the 38% decline in aging cargo on docks that the ports reported when it delayed consideration of the “Container Dwell Fee” in June 24.
"The executive directors of both ports will reassess fee implementation after monitoring data over the next week," the ports noted, adding that fee implementation has been postponed by both ports since the start of the program.
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. Currently, no date has been set to start the count with respect to container dwell time.
The ports plan to charge ocean carriers US$100 per container, increasing in US$100 increments per container per day until the container leaves the terminal.
The ports said any fees collected from dwelling cargo will be reinvested for programs designed to enhance efficiency, accelerate cargo velocity and address congestion impacts.