Ports of LA, Long Beach delay container fee once again

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced on Monday, Dec. 6, that they will delay for the fourth time a fee on companies whose containers linger at marine terminals.

The fee won’t begin until at least Dec. 13.

The fee, which was announced Oct. 25, has been delayed multiple times because of what port officials say is progress in reducing the number of port containers at the terminal. The ports reported Monday a 37% decline in aging cargo on the docks since they announced the fee. Over the next week, port officials will monitor and reassess the fee’s implementation.

“There’s been significant improvement in clearing import containers from our docks in recent weeks,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said Nov. 15, when the fee was first delayed. The fee was delayed again on Nov. 22 and Nov. 29.

“I’m grateful to the many nodes of the supply chain, from shipping lines, marine terminals, trucks and cargo owners,” Seroka added, “for their increased collaborative efforts.”

The fee is one of several efforts to speed the processing of cargo at the San Pedro Port Complex and eliminate a backlog of ships trying to deliver merchandise. Port of Los Angeles officials said when the policy was announced that about 40% of import containers were idling at terminals for at least nine days.