Port of Long Beach Repeals Cargo Fee
Collection of surcharge was repeatedly postponed
November 19, 2013
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, Nov. 18, unanimously repealed a cargo fee that has been on the Southern California seaport’s books since 2008 but implementation was delayed repeatedly and the fee was never collected.
The repealed fee would have been a charge on each cargo container to help fund roadway and railway improvements in and around the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The “Infrastructure Cargo Fee” when adopted in 2008 was started in conjunction with the Port of Los Angeles, which also never collected the fee and also repealed the fee recently.
Although the fee was never implemented, the Port of Long Beach has moved forward with its efforts to modernize and make capital improvements using other revenue sources.