LA, Long Beach ports will issue fines for backlogged cargo

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FILE – ,Cargo containers sit stacked at the Port of Los Angeles, Wednesday Oct. 20, 2021 in San Pedro, Calif. California Gov. The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex will begin fining shipping companies if they let cargo containers stack up as the nation’s busiest twin harbors deal with an unprecedented backlog of vessels. The Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor commissions voted Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 to implement a 90-day “container excess dwell fee” that sets time limits on how long containers can stay at marine terminals. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

LOS ANGELES (Associated Press) — The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex will begin fining shipping companies if they let cargo containers stack up as the nation’s busiest twin harbors deal with an unprecedented backlog of vessels.

The Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor commissions voted Friday to implement a joint program that sets time limits on how long containers can stay at marine terminals.

The program carries fines of $100 per day per container or more.

The twin ports handle 40% of all shipping containers entering the U.S.

The Marine Exchange of California says as of Friday, there were 153 ships at anchor, berthed or cruising off the ports while awaiting dock space.

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