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Late container fee postponed at Port of New York and New Jersey

The late container fee, initially penned to begin on 1st September 2022, has been postponed following concerns from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Following on from our initial advisory on the implementation of a container dwell fee at the Port of New York and New Jersey, please see below an update on the situation.

The fee was set to come into action on 1st September 2022 to incentivise shipping lines to move empty containers, however, the Port Authority of New York And New Jersey have taken the decision to postpone the start date of the fee. This follows discussions with carriers in August, where issues were raised which will need to be addressed ahead of implementation.

The implementation timeline has been pushed back with a revised plan to go live in Q4 2022 and the first invoices for the tariff being issued in January 2023.

The tariff is based upon the carriers' efforts to clear empties and its overall balance of containers in Q4.

The Port of New York and New Jersey is currently seeing empty containers sitting on the quay for around 30 days and has had an imbalance of more than 200,000 containers since the start of the year. Carriers have, however, been engaged and responsive to the issue since the fees were announced and have been actively working to clear empty containers to help the port restore smooth operations.

We will bring you the latest updates on the revised timeline when available.

If you have any questions about your North American shipments please contact our team here.

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