Citing Backlog Progress, Ports Again Delay Fines for Idling Containers

Cargo awaits unloading from ships off the Port of Long Beach, Calif., on Oct. 27, 2021. (John Fredricks/  Pezou)

LOS ANGELES鈥擳he ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced Nov. 22 that their new “Container Excess Dwell Fee” on companies whose containers linger at marine terminals will be delayed again until Nov. 29.

fee, which was announced on Oct. 25, has been delayed due to progress reducing the number of port containers at the terminal, with the ports reporting a 33 percent decline in aging cargo on the docks.聽Over the next week, port officials will monitor and reassess the fee’s implementation.

Port authorities previously announced Nov. 15 a delay to the fees until Nov. 22, citing “significant improvement” in clearing the containers.

“re’s been significant improvement in clearing import containers from our docks in recent weeks,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said last week, when the fee was also delayed.

“I’m grateful to the many nodes of the supply chain, from shipping lines, marine terminals, trucks, and cargo owners, for their increased collaborative efforts.”

fee is one of several efforts to speed the processing of cargo at the San Pedro Port Complex and eliminate a backlog of ships trying to deliver merchandise. Port of Los Angeles said when it announced the policy that about 40 percent of import containers were idling at terminals for at least nine days.

Both Long Beach and Los Angeles’ harbor commissions unanimously approved the policy on Oct. 29, to be in effect for 90 days.

fines, if implemented, will begin at $100 per container, increasing by $100 per container each day. Containers set to be transported by truck will incur fines if they remain at the port for nine days or more. For rail containers, fines will be assessed if they are at the port for three days
or more.

Fees collected from the policy will be reinvested into programs that aim to enhance efficiency, accelerate cargo velocity and address congestion impacts.

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