(Florham Park, NJ)… As previously communicated, on October 25, 2021, the Port Authorities of Los Angeles and Long Beach provided it’s notice of intention to start billing a “Container Excess Dwell Fee” commencing on November 15, 2021. The fee would go into effect should the ports not see a material improvement in the clearance of long dwelling containers at the terminals.
This advisory serves as a notification to inform customers of the decision by the Port Authority to delay the introduction of the fee by one week with a commencement date of November 22, 2021. Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka was quoted in saying “There’s been significant improvement in clearing import containers from our docks in recent weeks”. In fact, since the fee was announced on October 25th, they have seen a decline of 26% on the combined aging of cargo on their docks.
Hamburg Süd continues to explore different options in moving longstanding containers to help customers mitigate exposure to this new government fee. This includes but is not limited to the railing of long dwelling cargo to inland points in cooperation with our railroad partners. We ask for your continued support in prioritizing the pickup of ageing cargo in Long Angeles and Long Beach as we work to decongest the marine terminals and with that allow vessels to discharge your freight.
Please contact your Hamburg Süd representative with any questions that you may have.