LA Port Chiefs To Take Daily Snapshots, May Delay Plan For $ 100 Fines
- LA port managers will be taking data snapshots of the containers sitting on the docks daily, officials said.
- The idea is to monitor whether progress is being made to clear the docks and react accordingly.
- Plans to implement “excess living expenses” are not intended to generate income, a press release added.
Starting Monday, the Port of Los Angeles will begin taking daily data snapshots of import containers in terminals to measure the time they have spent there.
Port officials announced the decision in a press release. They also discussed their vote to implement a 90-day “excess stay fee”, which limits how long container ships can stay at terminals.
The plan will go into effect on November 1, but carriers won’t be billed until November 15.
However, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said in the press release, âIf progress is made in cleaning up our docks, I have the discretion to delay the start of charges beyond the 15th. November. Our goal is to see a significant improvement in our docks so that we do not have to administer fees. ”
Under a 90-day policy, shipping companies have six days to move containers if the next stop is by rail, or nine days if the next stop is by truck, the Port of Los Angeles reported. .
Ports will charge $ 100 per day for each container left at the docks, Insider’s Mary Hanbury reported. But the fees will also increase by $ 100 per container per day beyond these minimum time constraints.
The aim is not to collect fines, but to put more pressure on shipping companies to move goods from docks in order to alleviate bottlenecks in ports.
âOur goal with this program is not to generate revenue,â Los Angeles Port Commission Chairman Jaime Lee said in the press release. “Instead, we need our supply chain partners to make operational changes that will reduce dwell times, clear our terminals and make room for ships waiting to enter our port.”
California ports have been blocked for months due to the global supply chain crisis. This is due to an increase in demand for consumer goods which has caused delays and blockages across the world.
Containers have piled up on the docks waiting to be unloaded, but a shortage of dock workers and truck drivers has caused long delays in the process.