Movement At The Ports
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Last October the Los Angeles Harbor Commission implemented a “Container Excess Dwell Fee” that was directed at ocean carriers to improve cargo movement on container terminals. This fee charges carriers $100 a day per container left on the dock. Carriers have a maximum of nine days to move containers by truck before the fines start accruing and six days if transporting by rail. At the time of implementation, this fee was set to last until the end of January.
Since October, there has been significant improvement at both the Long Beach port and Los Angeles port. In November, Mario Cordero who is the executive director of the Port of Long Beach reported that since the announcement of the new fees both ports have seen lingering cargo containers reduce by about 33%. To date, Gene Seroka who is the executive director of the Port of Los Angeles reported that import cargo lingering nine days or more has declined by 60% at the Port of Los Angeles. There are still more containers than normal but the fee has definitely helped move things along. The ports are pleased with the progress and employees at both are hoping that this is just the start. Because of the proven success of the Container Excess Dwell Fee, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission voted 5-0 to extend the fee.
Although there has been progress in logistics at the ports, Cordero believes that there are still national supply chain issues that need to be addressed. Things like truckers, marine terminal operators, warehouses, railroads, port authorities, etc. all need to be prioritized just like the ports were. Sure, it will take time but the good news is that there is at least a conversation happening with regard to the need to have a transformational change.
Cordero is absolutely right. The fact that we are moving things at the port is great. But there needs to be changes to the entire supply chain to really make a lasting impact.
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