LA/LB ports delay dwell fee till Jan 28; Los Angeles port handled record 10.7mn TEUs in 2021

January 23, 2022: The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will delay consideration of the container dwell fee until January 28. Since the programme was announced on October 25, the two ports have seen a combined decline of 62 percent in ageing cargo on the docks, Los Angeles port said in its statement.

Under the policy,the ports plan to charge ocean carriers $100 per container, increasing in $100 increments per container per day until the container leaves the terminal.

Total imported containers at all the Los Angeles terminals were 41,841 on January 21, 2022 with 22,711 containers (54 percent) dwelling for 0-4 days.

Import containers by dwell time

(Source: Port of Los Angeles)

Los Angeles port handled 10.7 mn TEUs
The Port of Los Angeles processed a record-breaking 10.7 million TEUs in 2021, an increase of 13 percent from the previous year. This was announced by Executive Director Gene Seroka while addressing the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s seventh annual State of the Port event held virtually this year.

Decades of development provided the berth space, backland and rail infrastructure to process more cargo than ever before,” Seroka said. “In 2021, our marine terminal operators and workforce gave us the ability to move that cargo — from the ships to railcars or out the gates on trucks — and for that we are forever grateful to them.”

Earlier last week, Port of Long Beach had reported record numbers - 9.38 million TEUs in 2021.

Seroka, in his State of Port address, also spoke about the renewed attention and government investments being made in ports nationwide including the $17 billion earmarked in the recently passed national Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the $2.3 billion California Governor Gavin Newsom has earmarked in his budget for the upcoming year.

"This level of funding represents a monumental opportunity for ports,” said Seroka. “Beyond freight system improvements, it will fund much-needed digital and cybersecurity infrastructure. It supports our creation of a future-ready goods movement workforce, and it aligns with our mission to lead the nation in the development of zero-emissions port drayage.”

Listing out challenges for 2022, Seroja highlighted four key areas including supply chain efficiency, workforce development and job creation, cybersecurity and environment.


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