LA, Long Beach Ports’ Container Dwell Fee Remains on Hold

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

Based on the continued progress seeing older cargo leave their terminals, officials at the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports announced Friday, July 1 that they are again holding off implementing the Container Dwell Fee.

Officials moved the tentative start date to July 8 on the fee, which would charge ocean carriers $100 for every import that remains at the ports nine or more days, plus an incremental fee of $100 per container per day until it leaves the docks.

Officials first announced the fee Oct. 25 to combat the growing number of containers stacking up at the twin ports. The fee was created with the help of the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, U.S. Department of Transportation and industry stakeholders.

Officials have been holding off on starting the fee to see if it could help curb bottlenecks.

It appears to be making a difference as ports recently have seen a 27% drop in cargo lingering at terminals since October. Officials will review the week’s data to determine whether to enact the fee on Friday.

By Karen Robes Meeks