THE Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach will once again postpone the new "Container Dwell Fee" as more than 45,000 containers continue to linger on docks past the allowable time period, reports Ventura, CA's gCaptain.
The San Pedro Bay ports cite continued progress moving containers off marine terminals. Since the fee was announced October 25, the twin ports have seen a decline of 33 per cent combined in aging cargo on the docks.
The executive directors of both ports report satisfaction with the progress thus far and will reassess fee implementation after another week of monitoring data. The new fee will not will not be considered before November 29.
Under the temporary policy approved by the Harbour Commissions of both ports, ocean carriers can be charged a daily fee for each import container lingering for extended periods. In the case of "local" containers scheduled to move by truck, ocean carriers could be charged for every container dwelling nine days or more. For containers moving by rail, ocean carriers could be charged if a container has dwelled for six days or more.
The fee was initially expected to be assessed on November 15, but was postponed until this week.
Containers falling within those two categories US$100 per container, increasing in $100 increments per container per day until the container leaves the terminal.
Numbers released show 26,275 truck-bound containers lingering in the Port of Los Angeles past the eight-day limit while Long Beach has over 18,451 local containers plus 306 rail-bound containers over staying.
"We're encouraged by the progress our supply chain partners have made in helping our terminals shed long-dwelling import containers. Clearly, everyone is working together to speed the movement of cargo and reduce the backlog of ships off the coast as quickly as possible," said Long Beach port executive director Mario Cordero. "
Said LA port executive director Gene Seroka: "There's been significant improvement in clearing import containers from our docks in recent weeks. I'm grateful to the many nodes of the supply chain, from shipping lines, marine terminals, trucks and cargo owners, for their increased collaborative efforts.