Los Angeles, Long Beach Ports Again Delay Implementing Container Dwell Fee

Port of Long Beach
Port of Long Beach
A Port of Long Beach container terminal. Photo via POLB.

Ocean carriers have again received a brief reprieve from being charged for containers that linger at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Both ports agreed to move the start date of their “container dwell fee” to Jan. 28. Although the program was announced Oct. 25, the ports have yet to implement the fee after seeing continued progress in reduced dwell fees of imports on their docks. The latest data shows a 62% decrease in older containers at terminals at Los Angeles and Long Beach since October.

The executive directors have been reviewing the start date weekly based on this progress. The fee program, developed in conjunction with federal officials and supply chain members, calls for ocean carriers to be charged $100 for every container that stays past its allotted time, rising in $100 increments per container daily until the import departs the terminal by rail or by truck.

The money collected from the fee would go toward programs that improve cargo flow and deal with congestion-related issues.

By Karen Robes Meeks