According to the Journal of Commerce, harbor truckers in the port of LA/Long Beach are imposing congestion surcharges of $50 to as much as $100 an hour. Truckers say they have no choice but to charge customers for long waits caused by port congestion, claiming they lose thousands of dollars a week because trucks that sit idle in long lines outside terminals are not available to pull other loads. Drivers who normally would make four trips per day are averaging fewer than two because of the widespread congestion, trucking company executives said.
Retailers and other beneficial cargo owners are paying the extra charges if the alternative is that they will not get their containers that day.
Long Beach had extended free time for imports to seven days from four days for the period Oct. 18 to Oct. 31. Importers had hoped the port would push the free-time extension into November because cargo volumes remain strong, but a port spokesman said Thursday the extension would end Oct. 31 as planned.
Please be guided accordingly. RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation, and will provide more details once available.