Containers are stacking up on the docks and congestion at
the terminals is on the rise at the Port of Long Beach.
To “solve” the problem, Monday, May 16, a committee of the
Harbor Commission recommended trimming the amount of “free” time truckers have
to pick up and drop off containers before the port starts charging them fees.
Currently, container owners have five days to pick up loaded
boxes. Containers for export cannot be dropped off more than seven days early.
Pick-ups and deliveries outside the five- and seven-day windows are assessed
late fee penalties – which start at $60 per container – by the port terminal
That is until the Harbor Commission reduced the allowed
pick-up and delivery windows.
The commission voted to cut the free time down to four days
to pick up and six days early to drop off, according to the Long Beach Press
Stephanie Williams, vice president of the California
Trucking Association, told the Press Telegram that the association will
seek a state legislative hearing on the port’s decision.
She pointed out that congestion at the ports is caused by the
lack of a standard turn time by the terminals – not the truckers.
“If they can’t agree to turn times, we can’t agree to their
taxes,” Williams told the Press Telegram. “Turn time or pay a fine.
That’s what they can expect from us.”
The full Harbor Commission is scheduled to vote on the
committee’s recommendation May 31.