Monday sees the
start of a new $100 penalty for any container that has spent more than days
waiting for pick-up at America’s twin top maritime gateway ports of Los Angeles
and Long Beach.
state-created fee is one of many measures the White House and American ports
have taken in recent months to try and alleviate the extreme container crunch
that has put shipping firmly in the mainstream American media this year.
German carrier Hapag-Lloyd made clear that the new charge will be
passed on to clients.
“This is a port
authority announced and levied charge, which, as a pass-through charge, will be
for the account of the merchant,” Hapag-Lloyd stated in a new update to
introduction of a late fee comes at a time when there are 82 boxships waiting
for berths to free up outside America’s top two ports on the west coast.
As of Friday 12
Nov there were 40,700 containers that had been waiting for more than nine days
at both ports, an improvement on the 70,600 tardy boxes recorded on November 1.
Port of Tacoma readying late pick up charges
along America’s congested west coast, the port of Tacoma is also readying its
own late pick up charges.