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Tacoma clamps down on long-stay containers with new charge

Husky Terminal & Stevedoring, which operates the Husky Terminal at the Port of Tacoma in Washington, has implemented a “long stay rehandling charge” payable by cargo owners on import containers that dwell more than 15 days at the terminal, replicating similar box lingering charges to those recently implemented in Southern California.

The new policy, which took effect on November 1, imposes a one-time charge of $315 that must be paid before a container will be released.

In a notice on its website, Husky said, “Despite our best efforts, the overall number of high dwelling units continues to increase along with overall duration of stay. Regrettably the deterioration in import velocity has directly impacted yard fluidity, forcing the terminal to perform multiple rehandles of the same units over an extended period.”

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. Does this help?
    * Yard Space
    * Rail slot availability
    * Lack of Truckers
    * Overworked Union and Terminals

    Will be looking forward to the seafood cookout.

    Should be well taking care of with additional revenue.

    1. If the union is overworked, why then are they not hiring? All the websites say they are not taking casual labor at this time. In California and Washington as well as the east coast. The union hall and the docks whiny even let you hang and wait for work. I read reports that it’s the lack of drivers but drivers say they wait over 4 hours to get a container taken off their truck and another 4 hrs to have another one loaded up so they can go. Guys that used to do 4 runs a day only can get two and they sleep there while they wait so they can get two runs. They also say it is the lack of guys on the dock and the attitude of the few that are there. The longshoremen make too much money to be flipping attitude at a time like this, if they don’t want the work then let someone who is hungry do it. I think they are accepting positions with their A card and then not coming in to do the work while getting paid anyway. The longshoremen I know won’t talk about it but they sure don’t tell me anything different. If they are on a slow roll strike right now then we will eventually find out and that is not going 5o be a good look for them.

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