Port of Los Angeles in U.S. to Begin Charging Fee for Empty Containers

Updated: Jan 18

By Fibre2Fashion

This article was published by Fibre2Fashion January 4, 2022.

The Port of Los Angeles plans to begin charging a fee to ocean carriers that allow empty containers to linger on the port’s marine terminals for nine days or longer. The fee, subject to approval by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, would take effect on January 30, 2022. If approved, implementation of the fee will be at the discretion of executive director.

Under the policy, ocean carriers will be charged $100 for an empty container dwelling for nine days, increasing in $100 increments per container per day until the container leaves the terminal.

“While we have seen significant success reducing import containers on our docks the past two months, too many empty containers are currently sitting on marine terminals. Just like the import dwell fee, the objective with this empty container program is not to collect fees but to free up valuable space on our docks, clearing the way for more ships and improving fluidity,” Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka, said in a statement.

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission will consider the program at its January 13 board meeting.

The Port of Los Angeles announced a similar program on October 25 for lingering import containers. The port has delayed enacting the fee on the import containers because import containers dwelling more than 9 days has been reduced by 53 per cent since October 24.

Any fees collected from dwelling cargo will be reinvested for programs designed to enhance efficiency, accelerate cargo velocity and address congestion impacts.

North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $259 billion in trade during 2020. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs across the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.

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