Container Dwell Fee at San Pedro Bay Ports On Hold Until March 15

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Stacked containers at the San Pedro Bay port complex. Photo: Chris Valle Photography.

Enforcement of a fee that would charge ocean carriers for lingering imports at Los Angeles and Long Beach port terminals has been delayed to March 11.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced Friday, March 4 that they once again postponed the fee after seeing a 64% decrease in containers dwelling at their docks this past week.

Officials have said that they plan to revisit the start date after reviewing the week’s data.

The ports announced the fee policy – developed with the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, U.S. Department of Transportation and the supply chain – on Oct. 25 in an effort to clear the cargo accumulating at the nation’s two busiest seaports.

The fee calls for ocean carriers to be fined $100 for every import that stays at terminals nine or more days and increases in $100 increments per import every day until the container is gone from the port.

By Karen Robes Meeks