Port of Long Beach allows container fee to sink permanently

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Port of Long Beach has dropped a cargo fee it never fully implemented.
 
On Monday, Nov. 18, the Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously approved the repeal of a cargo fee that would have funded improvements to roads and railways in the Long Beach and Los Angeles areas.
 
First approved in 2008, the Infrastructure Cargo Fee was set to begin in January 2009 with a cost of $15 per TEU, or 20-foot equivalent per shipping container.  After the economic recession hit, the port postponed the fee and reduced it to $6 per 20-foot equivalent. 
 
Subsequent enforcement dates for the fee were repeatedly delayed, and no clear fee amount was established, said Art Wong, port spokesman.
 
The port’s Clean Trucks Fee, which went to pay for emissions upgrades for truck-owning applicants, expired in January 2012, Wong said.
 
“There had been a fee on cargo moved by 2006 and older trucks,” Wong said. “But since January 2012, only 2007 and newer trucks can work at the Port, so no one pays the clean trucks fee.”
 
The Infrastructure Cargo fee was also approved by the Port of Los Angeles, which also never collected the fee.

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