L.A., Long Beach Ports Again Postpone Container Dwell Fee

San Pedro Bay
San Pedro Bay
Stacked containers at a San Pedro Bay port complex container terminal. Photo: Chris Valle Photography.

After reviewing the previous week’s data on lingering cargo containers on their docks, the Long Beach and Los Angeles seaports have again postponed the start date for collecting on the “Container Dwell Fee,” this time to June 17.

Officials at the nation’s two busiest seaports said they’ve seen the amount of imports staying past their allotted time at terminals drop by a combined 38% since the fee was first announced Oct. 25. Top leaders from both ports plan to reconsider the fee’s start date after they review this week’s data.

The temporary fee was developed with members of the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, U.S. Department of Transportation and industry stakeholders to ease congestion at the ports. It calls for ocean carriers to be charged $100 for every import staying at terminals for nine or more days, plus $100 daily increments per container until it leaves the ports.

The fee program is expected to continue through July 28.

By Karen Robes Meeks