LA/LB Ports to charge daily fee to carriers

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In an effort to improve cargo movement amid congestion and record volume, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will begin assessing a surcharge to ocean carriers for import containers that dwell on marine terminals. Under the new policy starting November 1st, the ports will charge ocean carriers $100 per day for each container that falls into one of two categories – those moving by truck dwelling nine days or more and those moving by rail dwelling for three days or more. Before the pandemic-induced import surge began in mid-2020, on average, containers for local delivery sat on container terminals under four days, while containers destined for trains dwelled less than two days. Those numbers have increased significantly, making it difficult to clear cargo off the terminals and bring in ships at anchor. Fees collected from dwelling cargo will be re-invested by the two ports for programs designed to enhance efficiency, accelerate cargo velocity, and address congestion impacts throughout the San Pedro Bay. The policy was developed in coordination with the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, US Department of Transportation, and multiple supply chain stakeholders. The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach are the two largest container ports in the nation, and combined are the ninth-largest port complex in the world. Trade that flows through the San Pedro Bay ports reaches every Congressional district across the country and generates more than 3 million jobs nationwide.

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