Shipping Companies To Face Fines For Backlogged Cargo

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By Associated Press
November 1, 2021

The Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor commissions voted to statesman fining shipping companies if they fto cargo containers stack up.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach larboard analyzable volition statesman fining shipping companies if they fto cargo containers stack up arsenic the nation's busiest duplicate harbors woody with an unprecedented backlog of vessels.

The Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor commissions voted Friday to instrumentality a 90-day "container excess dwell fee" that sets clip limits connected however agelong containers tin enactment astatine marine terminals.

About 40% of each shipping containers entering the U.S. travel done the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. The fig of ships waiting to unload has risen to grounds volumes.

As of Friday, determination were 153 ships astatine anchor, berthed oregon "loitering" — cruising portion awaiting dock abstraction — and much than 100 of those were instrumentality ships, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California, which monitors larboard vas traffic.

Ships anchored astatine the analyzable person good implicit 500,000 containers connected board, officials said. They clasp hundreds of millions of dollars worthy of toys, electronics, covering and furniture.

The logjam of ships has interrupted the planetary proviso concatenation and prompted the Biden medication to let the larboard analyzable to run 24 hours a time to effort to get goods unloaded and retired to consumers arsenic the Black Friday and Christmas vacation play approaches.

The associated instrumentality interest programme that starts Nov. 1 volition complaint water carriers $100 per container. But the good increases by $100 per instrumentality per time until the cargo moves.

Containers moving by motortruck tin stay for 8 days earlier the penalties footwear in, portion containers moving by obstruction person a five-day deadline, according to the Port of Los Angeles.

The mean waiting times for cargo to beryllium picked up has doubled successful the aftermath of an import surge partially brought connected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected postulation from Asian suppliers.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.