December 22, 2021
To All ITS Customers:
Due to the continued high inventory of long dwelling import containers, which has directly led to increased vessel berthing times, ITS is forced to take the following action. Please be advised, effective Monday, January 10, 2022, ITS will be implementing a Temporary Storage Charge in addition to the normal port demurrage/storage charges on all import loaded containers discharged from ships calling at ITS as stated below. Regrettably, the failure of importers to pick up their containers in a timely manner has created severe congestion issues that have prevented ITS from properly servicing the vessels of our customers. The intent of this Temporary Storage Charge is to encourage cargo interests to pick up their containers which will allow ITS to return to a more normalized vessel operation schedule for all vessels destined to ITS. Once this has been accomplished, ITS intends to rescind the Temporary Storage Charge.
EXTENDED DWELL TIME CONGESTION FEE
- In order to recover increased operating and storage costs incurred as a result of congestion caused by containers left on the terminal for extended periods of time, the following fees will apply to all loaded import containers at the rates, and for the temporary effective period, set forth in this Section 33.1 (the “ Extended Dwell Time Congestion Fee”).
- Extended Dwell Time Congestion Fee shall apply and be assessed against each loaded import container on the terminal after the expiration of free time as follows:
$48 per day commencing on the first day after expiration of free time, for up to five days (e.g., days 1-5 after free time);
$72 per day thereafter, for up to five additional days (e.g., days 6-10 after free time);
$96 per day thereafter, for up to five additional days (e.g., days 11-15 after free time), and
$165 per day for any days thereafter (e.g., all days from day 16 and after).
The Extended Dwell Time Congestion Fee is cumulative, for example, the cumulative Extended Dwell Time Congestion Fee for an applicable container not been picked up until the fifth (5th) day after the expiration of free time (i.e., nine (9) days) would be $240 ($48+$48+$48+$48+$48); the fee if that applicable container was not been picked up until the eighth (8th) day after the expiration of free time would be $456 ($48+$48+$48+$48+$48+$72+$72+$72). For containers for which free time expired on or before the Collection Commencement Date (defined below), the Extended Dwell Time Congestion Fee shall be calculated as if the Collection Commencement Date is the first day after the expiration of free time for such containers.
- Effective Period: Assessment and collection of the Extended Dwell Time Congestion Fee shall commence as of January 10, 2022 (the “Collection Commencement Date”). The OPERATOR shall monitor and evaluate Terminal congestion conditions and the effectiveness of the Extended Dwell Time Congestion Fee. The Extended Dwell Time Congestion Fee may be suspended or terminated upon notice and publication of such action by OPERATOR.
- Other Fees: The Extended Dwell Time Congestion Fee shall apply in addition to any other existing fee for storage or demurrage pursuant to this Schedule and/or the Port of Long Beach Tariff.
- The importer of record in the shipping documents will be responsible for paying or arranging for payment of the Extended Dwell Time Congestion Fee by check, money order, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover), eCheck (Electronic Check) through the ITS website ( https://tms.itslb.com/tms2 ), or any other method permitted by OPERATOR prior to release of the container, unless other payment terms are expressly agreed by OPERATOR.
We strongly encourage you to take delivery of your long dwelling import cargo prior to the implementation of this fee.