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

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

Leaders of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have yet again pushed back the implementation date of their Container Dwell Fee – this time to May 20 – based on the week’s improving dwell fee times.

The fee, first announced Oct. 25 in partnership with the federal government and supply chain stakeholders, calls for ocean carriers to be charged for every import container that stays at terminals for nine or more days.

Since announcing the fee last fall, both ports say they have seen the number of aging cargo fall by a combined 50%. Officials are continuing to monitor dwell time data over the next week to see if dwell times improve.

Meanwhile, Long Beach and Los Angeles harbor commissioners voted to extend the fee policy to July 28. The fee calls for ocean carriers to be charged $100 for every import that stays past its allotted time, rising in $100 increments per container every day until it leaves the port.

Collected fees would benefit programs focused on improving cargo efficiency and velocity, port officials say.

By Karen Robes Meeks