San Pedro Bay Ports Postpone Container Fee to Feb. 18

Port of Long Beach
Port of Long Beach
Containers at a Port of Long Beach terminal. Photo: Chris Valle Photography/Port of Long Beach.

As the amount lingering cargo continues to drop at their docks, officials at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have announced that they’re once again moving the start date of their container dwell fee, this time to Feb. 18.

Harbor leaders have been tracking the progress of how long cargo stays at their ports week by week and most recently saw the amount of containers at terminals drop by a combined 70% since announcing the fee Oct. 25. They plan to reassess enacting the fee after another week of data.

Created with the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, U.S. Department of Transportation and supply chain stakeholders, the temporary fee would charge ocean carriers $100 for every import that stays at a terminal for nine or more days. They would also be fined in $100 increments per container every day until the import is gone from the terminal.

Revenue from the fee would benefit programs that improve efficiency and deal with the effects of congestion.

By Karen Robes Meeks