Lack of supply: Los Angeles Harbor Commission approves new fees for slow container movement

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Port officials are shocked by the record number of ships anchored in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Up to 80 ships stacked as rush hour traffic in LA are waiting to unload containers.

On Friday, the LA Port Commission voted unanimously to put pressure on shipping companies to speed up the pace of moving containers from the port, leaving room for unloading ships.

“In the case of containers scheduled to be moved by truck, seagoing vessels will be charged for each container dwelling nine days or more,” the Port of LA said in a statement. “For containers moving by rail, seagoing vessels will be charged if a container has stayed for six days or more.

“The port will charge seagoing vessels in these two categories $ 100 per container, increasing in $ 100 increments per container per day until the container leaves the terminal.”

This new policy will take effect on Monday.

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Ramon Ponce de Leon, longshoreman and president of ILWU Local 13, says before COVID that longshoreman in the ports of LA and Long Beach moved 1.2 million containers a month.

Today, he says, with crews working around the clock, they move nearly 2 million containers a month.

The ports account for about 40% of the country’s imports.

Ponce de Leon says longshoreman is breaking records with moving containers.

As UNICEF estimates a global shortage of up to 2.2 billion syringes due to supply chain problems, Ponce de Leon says the longshoreman will work even harder to get these containers moved from ships to get more people vaccinated.

To further ease the burden on ports, Governor Gavin Newsom and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a strategic partnership to help facilitate innovative projects and funding opportunities for multi-billion dollar infrastructure improvements in California.

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