Terminals Increase Fees For Peak Hours

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In an effort to incentivize increased use of marine terminal gates during off-peak hours, the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force announced that the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will be temporarily adjusted from December 1, 2021, through January 31, 2022, subject to regulatory clearance by the Federal Maritime Commission.

During this period, there will be a financial incentive to move containers during off-peak hours by charging a TMF during peak hours.

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From December 1, 2021, through January 31, 2022, the TMF will be $78.23 per TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) or $156.46 for all other sizes of container for non-exempt international container moves through the terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:59 p.m. Monday through Friday.


The TMF began as an incentive for Beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) to send their trucks to the ports during the 6 p.m.-3 a.m. second shift to avoid heavy traffic during normal daytime hours. Until November 2018, the fee was levied on daytime truck calls, but not against truck calls on the second shift.


The fee was cut by more than 50 percent last November but is now levied on all non-exempt container moves regardless of the time of day the trucks call at the terminals. The TMF is not charged on exempt containers.


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