IWLA Opposes Container Excess Dwell Fees
In a letter to Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Dan Maffei, IWLA and over 80 other associations representing importers, exporters, and supply chain stakeholders expressed their concern about newly announced container excess dwell fees at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The fees are designed to speed the flow of cargo from terminals amid unprecedented congestion. The ports plan to charge ocean carriers for each container that exceeds a specific dwell time, but some carriers have already announced plans to pass the fees along to cargo owners. The supply chain stakeholders encouraged the FMC to review the new fees to ensure they comply with existing agency regulations and clarify that carrier pass throughs would be subject to the FMC’s demurrage rule.
In a joint press release, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced that they will delay consideration of container dwell fees until November 22, 2021 citing progress on moving long-dwelling import containers.
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