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Ports of LA/LB hold off container dwell fee for another week

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The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (LA/LB) have held of introducing a container dwell fee for at least another week despite a slowing of containers moving out of terminals over the holiday period.

The two ports said they had seen a combined 35% drop in aging cargo on the docks since the planned fee was announced on 25 October, with the year end holiday’s “as expected” slowing progress compared to previous weeks. 

As result the ports would be holding off $100 per container, per day dwell fee until at least 10 January, the eighth week in a row that it’s introduction has been postponed.

Meanwhile the queues of ships to dock at LA/LB terminals remain as long as ever.

As of Monday, 3 January, some 101 containerships were backed-up to enter the two ports according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California. This number includes 17 containerships anchored or loitering within 40 miles of LA and LB, plus 84 containerships slow steaming or loitering outside the Safety and Air Quality Area (SAQA).

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