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Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach postpone container dwell fee

The dwell fee program was first announced in October 2021 as part of efforts to increase the flow of goods at the ports. No fees have been collected yet.
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The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach last week announced plans to postpone consideration of a container dwell fee until Dec. 16.

The fee would charge ocean carriers $100 for each import container dwelling nine days or more at the terminal. Charges would increase in $100 increments per container per day until the container leaves the terminal.

The dwell fee was first announced in October 2021 in an attempt to lower container dwell times on the docks and increase the flow of goods. However, the fee has never been implemented. Since last year, the two ports have seen a combined decline of 87% in dwell times, port officials said in a joint press release.

The executive directors of both ports will reassess fee implementation after monitoring data through the next month, officials said. Both ports' Boards of Harbor Commissioners have extended the program through Jan. 24, 2023.

Any fees collected from shippers would be reinvested into programs designed to enhance efficiency, accelerate cargo velocity and address congestion impacts, officials said.