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U.S. Ports Get Tough With Shipping Lines as Containers Pile Up

Port Of Los Angeles To Operate Around The Clock To Ease Cargo Logjams
Photographer: Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg

Southern California’s ports are vowing to get tougher with the owners of containers languishing on port property, one of a series of steps announced this week to clear the U.S.’s clogged trade arteries.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach this week announced they will levy a surcharge on ocean carriers with containers overstaying their welcome. Starting Nov. 1, boxes waiting nine days or longer for truck transport would incur the fee, as would containers waiting three or more days by rail. The surcharge will start at $100 per container and increase in $100 increments each day.