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Ports of LA and Long Beach put container dwell fee on hold for another week

Thanks to “continued progress moving containers off marine terminals,” the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have again postponed the container dwell fee they had planned to implement starting on November 15, according to a statement issued by the two ports on November 22. The fee has now been delayed for two weeks. The ports said they will reassess fee implementation after another week of monitoring data.

Since the fee was announced on October 25, the two ports have together seen a decline of 33% in aging cargo on the docks. The number of container vessels waiting in San Pedro Bay to unload at the ports has dropped from a high of 83 on November 12 to 61 yesterday.

If implemented, the temporary policy would see ocean carriers charged $100 a day for each import container. In the case of containers scheduled to move by truck, they would be charged for every container dwelling nine days or more; for containers moving by rail, they would be charged if a container has dwelled for six days or more.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.


  1. Seroka loves being in front of the camera. But nothing changes. If The corrupt City Los Angeles, which runs the port, were a nation it would be a failed state.

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