[Update 2.2.22]Container Dwell Fees set to begin... FEB 4, 2022

The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have announced and made effective a CONTAINER EXCESS DWELL FEE / CONGESTION DWELL FEE for which the ports will charge ocean carriers for each container that exceeds specific dwell time.

UPDATE: Remains on pause until February 4, 2022.

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Jan. 22 Pause again

The two ports have seen a combined decline of 55% in aging cargo on the docks since the program was announced on Oct. 25. The executive directors of both ports will reassess fee implementation after monitoring data over the next week. Fee implementation has been postponed by both ports since the start of the program.

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Beginning November 22, the ports of LA and LB will charge $100 per container per day beyond dwell time and this will increase by $100 per container per day thereafter. This is in addition to demurrage. This fee was announced by the Ports as intended for the ocean carriers; however, the ocean carriers have already announced they will pass these costs directly to the cargo owner. As an intermediary, Pegasus Maritime will receive these charges from the ocean carriers and in turn invoice the consignee on the Pegasus Bill of Lading.

LA / Long Beach: $100/d, increasing by $100 each day (REMAINED PAUSED UNTIL Janurary 17, 2022)
Tacoma / Washington United: $310/d (effective 11/15)
Tacoma / Husky: $315/d (effectiv 11/1)

Given the abrupt announcement and roll out of this fee, we know there are more questions than answers presently available. We also understand there are more factors contributing to the backlog of cargo in our neighboring ports and this fee does nothing to address chassis shortages or limited empty receiving. It is not enough to hope that an agency may change course and alter or delay the implementation of this new fee - action is needed!

We strongly encourage proactive review of your cargo already on dock, and in transit, making advance preparations for timely freight release and cargo pick up. This is imperative to minimize exposure to these potentially exorbitant fees. Pegasus Maritime appreciate your business and continued support as we navigate these unprecedented times. We are tracking developments and will pass along updates as they become available.

Please contact our Customer Service team for further questions via email at lax@pegasusmaritime.com, or (818) 844-3412 option #2.

Port of Long Beach press release: More Information
Port of Los Angeles press release: More Information

Shipping containers and container ships at the Port of Los Angeles last month.(Mario Tama/Getty Images North America)


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