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SSA Terminals Long Beach announce new charges for long dwelling containers at Pier A effective Dec. 15th 2021

Please be informed that SSA Terminals Long Beach Pier A facility has announced their intention to implement their fees for long dwelling containers, similar to those they’ve implemented at the Seattle, WA facilities. Full details of their announcement, which was released Nov. 30th, 2021 are as follows:

Please be advised, effective Wednesday, December 15th, Pier A must implement a temporary storage charge in addition to the normal port demurrage charges on all import loaded containers discharged from ships at Pier A LB 90-96 as stated below. As with other ports on the West Coast who either have already implemented additional storage charges or will soon be doing so, the failure of importers picking up their containers in a timely manner has created severe congestion issues that has prevented terminal operators from properly servicing vessels destined for their terminals.  We sincerely hope the additional storage charge will encourage cargo owners to pick up their containers which will allow our terminal to again properly service vessels destined to our facility and once that has been accomplished, the temporary storage charges will cease.  

A.        Extended Dwell Time 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 fee (the “Extended Dwell Time Fee”) will apply on a temporary basis to all loaded import containers, in addition to existing demurrage and port tariff fees:

(1).      No charges for free time (up to four days after a container is available for delivery);

(2).      $50 per day for the next five days of storage thereafter (days 1-5 after free time);

(3).      $75 per day for the next five days of storage thereafter (days 6-10 after free time);

(4).      $100 per day for the next five days of storage thereafter (days 11-15 after free time); and

(5).      $150 per day for any days thereafter.

B.        Applicability; Payment of Fee. Empty containers and export loaded containers will not be subject to the Extended Dwell Time Fee. The importer of record in the shipping documents will be responsible for paying or arranging payment of the Extended Dwell Time Fee by check, money order, wire transfer, or any other methods, and pursuant to instructions provided by

Operator through the Forecast website. Once the fee has been paid, the container will show as available in Operator’s container tracking system. Appointments on import lanes may not be made until the fee has been paid and the container is showing as available on the Forecast web site.  Waivers, refunds and appeals of the Extended Dwell Time Fee will be handled in accordance with Section 18(D) and (E) of this Schedule.

Access to the Terminal is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in our MTO Schedule which is available at www.ssamarine.com

Our customer service and operations teams continue to do their utmost to serve you in these very challenging times and will endeavor to keep you as fully informed as possible. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us in case of further questions.