PierPass changes export container procedures

| 6/29/2006

PierPass has made some changes to the way export containers will be handled at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The non-profit company, whose OffPeak program was launched in 2005 to encourage more traffic at the ports during non-peak hours, said in a news release that exporters must now claim their booking numbers before delivering containers to the port complex.

Beginning Aug. 7, exporters will be required to visit the PierPass Web site at www.pierpass-tmf.org and enter their booking numbers into their accounts. In addition, traffic mitigation fees must also be paid via the Web site. Payments for the OffPeak program will no longer be accepted at the gates.

Bruce Wargo, president and chief executive officer of PierPass, said in the news release that the changes are designed to further streamline the cargo process at the ports and to improve the flow of traffic.

Exporters who are not current on their accounts will not be allowed to deliver additional containers.

Containers subject to the traffic mitigation fees – those that are part of the OffPeak program – that arrive during peak hours of operation without having claimed their booking numbers via the new procedure will be turned around and encouraged to come back during non-peak hours of operation.

According to the release, the shipper is responsible for the payment of the fee and claiming the booking numbers, not the trucking company or other carrier.