The container dwell fee programme designed to reduce congestion at the Southern Californian ports of LA and Long Beach was approved on 29 October 2021, but with an improvement of the situation following the threat of the fee it has yet to be implemented.
The Los Angeles Harbor Commission voted 5-0 to extend the programme through to 29 April this year.
“Since the announcement of the fee in October, import cargo lingering nine days or more has declined by 60% at the Port of Los Angeles,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of LA.
“We’re very pleased with the progress, which is why the fee has not been enacted. Data will continue to be monitored daily as we work with our partners to find further efficiencies.”
A decision on implementing the fee has been postponed by another week until 21 January. LA/LB ports said the have seen a combined decline of 55% in aging cargo on the docks since the programme was announced.
The fee would see a $100 per day charge for containers that remained in the terminals for nine days for or more for containers moved by truck, six days for those with rail connections. The fee would to be levied on shipping lines who have made it clear that it will be charged back to customers.
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