L.A., Long Beach Ports Move Container Dwell Fee Start Date

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

As the amount of older cargo lingering at the docks continues to drop, leaders for the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have once again moved the start date of the Container Dwell Fee to March 18, the ports announced Fri., March 11.

Leaders at the twin ports have said they plan to reevaluate the start date after they review the week’s data on dwell time, which has seen a total 64% drop in containers hanging out past their time since announcing the fee Oct. 25.

Developed with Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, U.S. Department of Transportation and supply chain stakeholders, the temporary fee would charge ocean carriers for every import that stays at nine or more days at terminals, raising in increments of $100 per container per day until the container departs the terminal.

Revenue stemming from the fee would benefit programs aimed at improving cargo efficiency and velocity and addressing the effects of congestion.

By Karen Robes Meeks