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California ports see 37% decline in dwelling cargo, delay fines anew

  • Long Beach, Los Angeles will continue to monitor progress in cargo flow on terminals
  • The twin US ports have seen a combined decline of 37% in aging cargo on the docks
  • The ports plan to charge ocean carriers US$100 per container, increasing in $100 increments per container per day until the container leaves the terminal

The Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles announced that consideration of the “container dwell fee” will be held off again until December 13.

Since the fee was announced on October 25, the twin US ports have seen a combined decline of 37% in aging cargo on the docks, a joint statement said. The executive directors of both ports 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: For 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 on container dwell time.

The ports plan to charge ocean carriers in these two categories US$100 per container, increasing in $100 increments per container per day until the container leaves the terminal.

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.

Any fees collected from dwelling cargo will be reinvested for programs designed to enhance efficiency, accelerate cargo velocity and address congestion impacts.

The policy was developed in coordination with the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, U.S. Department of Transportation and multiple supply chain stakeholders.

Photo courtesy of Port of Los Angeles

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