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LA Container Dwelling Surcharge – Update

Following our recent bulletin regarding the Emergency Container Dwell Surcharge in Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, we can further update you on the situation as follows:

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission held a meeting on 29th October and voted unanimously with a 4-0 vote to introduce surcharges to containers dwelling across Los Angeles and Long Beach terminals, with charges implemented as of 1st November. See board presentation here.
 
  • The surcharge fee will be charged by the terminals themselvs to the ocean carriers. Although many carriers have announced that they will pass these costs on to importers.
  • The fees will then be passed on, based on the terms of shipment, as a destination terminal charge - similar to port storage, demurrage or terminal handling.
  • Time frames and charges remain the same as originally announced, with containers exceeding the free time from 1st November liable to the surcharge:
 
  1. Containers moved by truck – charges will be incurred if dwelled for 9 days or more at the port/terminal.
  2. Containers moved by rail – charges will be incurred if dwelled for more than 6 days at port/terminal.
 
The surcharge rates for container dwelling remains the same as previously stated, charged in increments of $100 a day until moved out of the terminal ($100 for day 1, $200 for day 2, $300 for day 3 etc).
 
  • This fee will be required to be paid to the terminal (and therefore carrier), prior to shipment release.
  • The policy is scheduled to last 90 days and dependent upon review of progress, the Port Executive Director has the authority to extend the November 15th assessment date.
  • For LCL imports to or via the Port of Los Angeles, any costs incurred will be collected on a pro-rata basis per w/m (1000kgs/1cbm).
 
We will continue to do our best to mitigate these further additional surcharges and will keep you informed as the situation progresses.
 
For more information, please contact us here.

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