The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have again delayed its consideration of their proposed container dwell fee, moving the potential start date to Nov. 29.
Officials from both ports delayed it after meeting Monday with U.S. Port Envoy John Porcari and supply chain representatives and seeing significant progress in moving cargo more quickly off terminals.
Since announcing the fee Oct. 25, there’s been a 33% drop of containers lingering on the docks past the allotted time at both ports, prompting Los Angeles and Long Beach officials to review the temporary fee after week of data observation.
They both initially planned to start enforcement on Nov. 15, but delayed it to Nov. 22 and now to Nov. 29.
The policy calls for ocean carriers to be billed $100 for every import that lingers at a terminal nine or more days before leaving by truck and six or more days before leaving by rail.
In both cases, each container is fined $100, “increasing in $100 increments per container per day until the container leaves the terminal,” according to the ports.