MTOs at L.A., Long Beach ports to raise container fees on Aug. 1

| 7/1/2011

Truckers heading into the nation’s largest combined twin port complex will see increased container fees beginning in August.

Marine Terminal Operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will begin charging an increased “Traffic Mitigation Fee” on Aug. 1. The Traffic Mitigation Fee will increase from $50 to $60 per 20-foot equivalent, or $120 per 40-foot equivalent unit.

The move, announced by the West Coast MTO Agreement, allows the PierPass OffPeak program to reduce operating losses and enable terminal operators to “continue operating the extra shifts that reduce congestion and air pollution in and around the ports,” said Bruce Wargo, PierPass president, according to a news release.

PierPass said the price increase is the first for the TMF since 2006. The company estimated the shortfall between TMF revenues and OffPeak gate costs at $52.3 million last year.

PierPass OffPeak gates now handle about 55 percent of all container traffic at the ports, including about 20 million truck transactions, PierPass said.