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Los Angeles Port to Fine Carriers for Lingering Empty Containers

  • Charge is similar to that threatened for import containers
  • If approved by Harbor Commission, fee to start from Jan. 30
The Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California.
The Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California.Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

The Port of Los Angeles, the U.S.’s largest for container traffic, will charge a fee on ocean carriers that fail to clear empty containers off the docks from the end of next month. 

From Jan. 30, the port will charge carriers $100 per day for each empty box sitting on the docks for at least nine days, rising by $100 daily until the container leaves the terminal, the port said in an emailed statement Thursday. The fee is subject to approval by the Harbor Commission.