San Pedro Bay Ports Again Delay Implementing Dwell Fee Policy

San Pedro Bay ports
San Pedro Bay ports
The San Pedro Bay ports have again postponed implementation of a planned fee for containers that sit on the docks for nine or more days. Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach.

The Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports have again postponed implementation of their “Container Dwell Fee” policy until Dec. 20, both ports announced Monday.

The news comes after the ports saw a 47% decrease in the number of containers lingering at terminals at both ports since announcing the fee Oct. 25. Based on the ongoing progress, the ports’ executive directors plan to monitor the data another week before considering when to enact the fee.

The temporary fee, which both ports approved Oct. 29, calls for Long Beach and Los Angeles ports to charge ocean carriers for every import that stays on the docks nine or more days before leaving by truck and six or more days before departing by rail.

In both instances, ocean carriers would be charged $100 per container, rising in increments of $100 per container every day until the container is moved out of the terminal.

Pre-pandemic, the average dwell time for containers departing by truck was under four days, and under two days for imports leaving by rail.

By Pacific Maritime