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Southern California ports increase fees for peak hours

Southern California ports increase fees for peak hours

WASHINGTON: Reflecting higher wage rages for port workers, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will soon raise fees on movement of containers by 2.3% during peak traffic times. The West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement said in a news release that the traffic fee increase will take effect Aug. 1, following closely after the new wage rates that started July 1.

Beginning Aug. 1, the new traffic fees will be $72.09 per twenty-foot equivalent unit and $144.18 per forty-foot container, according to the release. The fees are charged only on containers that are moved between 3 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. No traffic fee is due for containers moved during off peak shifts, from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., according to the release. PierPass, a not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach to address issues such as congestion, imposes a traffic fee on weekday daytime cargo traffic to motivate cargo owners to use the off-peak shifts, according to the release.