Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles delay container dwell fee decision again

aerial view of shipping containers stacked like a game of Tetris in Long Beach port

The Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles have announced a further postponement of the Container Dwell Fee.

After meetings on 29 November with US Port Envoy John Porcari, ocean liner companies and marine terminal operators, the two ports said the fee will not be considered prior to 6 December.

Since the fee was announced on 25 October, the twin ports have seen a decline of 37% combined in aging cargo on the docks.

The executive directors of both ports will reassess fee implementation after another week of monitoring data.

Under the temporary policy approved 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.

Currently, no date has been set to start the count with respect to container dwell time. 

The ports plan to charge ocean carriers in two categories: $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, US Department of Transportation and multiple supply chain stakeholders.

Further north, on 26 November SSA Marine has announced the introduction of an Extended Dwell Time Fee for Terminals 18, 5 and 30 in the Port of Seattle.

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