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PSW Emergency Fee Surcharge

From Dilara Dayioglugil, SODAC

October 30th, 2021

Containers Scheduled to Move by Truck

As the congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reach the highest level, Government decided that effective November 1st, 2021, they will begin charging an “emergency fee” on all dwelling cargo.

Starting November 1st, 2021, Container ships will be divided into two categories:

  • Containers scheduled to move by truck

  • Containers moving by rail






Dwell Time / Emergency Fee (Per Container) 

  • 8th Day   | No Charges

  • 9th Day   | $100 Per Container

  • 10th Day | $200 Per Container

  • 11th Day  | $300 Per Container

Containers Scheduled to Move by Rail

Dwell Time / Emergency Fee (Per Container) 

  • 5th Day  | No Charges

  • 6th Day  | $100 Per Container

  • 7th Day  | $200 Per Container

  • 8th Day  | $300 Per Container

The new policy will go into effect on the 1st of November, but fines will not be assessed until effective the 15th of November. This two-week grace period has been given to allow shippers with the appropriate time to clear the docks. Should material progress be made, it is at the discretion of the Port Executive Director to extend that effective fee assessment date even further. 






Port of Los Angeles, 2021 News Release

The higher majority with the 40% of all shipping containers entering the U.S. come through the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.





Port officials said that before the import surge brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, containers for truck delivery sat in terminals for less than four days, while containers for train delivery sat in the terminal for less than two days. The waiting times have since "increased significantly."

“We must expedite the movement of cargo through the ports to work down the number of ships at anchor,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said in a statement.

This is just another step in a series of measures taken in recent weeks to ease the backlog of ships trying to deliver merchandise. Last week, the ports announced that they would temporarily ease their container stacking limit, while President Joe Biden announced a plan for the ports to operate 24 hours a day just two weeks ago. Port Hueneme has also become a relief valve for the crowded ports of LA and Long Beach.


SODAC Law will continue to keep you informed on all developments over the coming days and if you need any further assistance, feel free to contact with us.


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