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New Emergency Fee on Long-Dwelling Cargo at LA/LB in Effect November 1

A new fee will go into effect Monday, November 1 at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for long-dwelling containers.

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The White House announced on October 25 that beginning Monday, November 1, 2021, an emergency congestion fee will be implemented on all long-dwelling cargo container units at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The fee will be applied to all container yard, local haulage, and off-dock rail containers that remain at the terminal for nine days or more and on-dock rail containers that remain at the terminal for three days or more.

The fee is $100 per unit on the first day past the dwelling limit for both terminal and rail. The fee will increase by $100 for each day that follows. It is important to note that this is separate and unrelated to already filed demurrage free time and charges. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the entities which will be collecting these fees, as we are alerted at this time.

According to, Mario Cardero, executive director at the Port of Long Beach said, “With the escalating backlog of ships off the coast, we must take immediate action to prompt the rapid removal of containers from our marine terminals.”

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