Port of Los Angeles to introduce surcharge on empties

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The Port of Los Angeles plans to begin charging a fee to ocean carriers that allow empty containers to linger on the Port’s marine terminals for nine days or longer.  The fee, subject to approval by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, would take effect on Jan. 30, 2022. Under the policy, starting Jan. 30 ocean carriers will be charged $100 for an empty container dwelling for nine days and then increasing in $100 increments per container per day until the container leaves the terminal. If approved by the Harbor Commission, implementation of the fee will be at the discretion of the Executive Director. The Port of Los Angeles announced a similar program on Oct. 25 for lingering import containers. The Port has delayed enacting the fee on the import containers because import containers dwelling more than 9 days has been reduced by 53% since Oct. 24. Any fees collected from dwelling cargo will be reinvested for programs designed to enhance efficiency, accelerate cargo velocity and address congestion impacts.

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