A short-term program that caps dockage fees at four days for container ships calling at the Port of Long Beach is being extended through June 30. The program is among the measures enacted by the Port to reduce the financial burden of recent congestion problems.
Normally, container ships are at berth for no more than four days while they are being discharged and loaded. Due to recent delays, dockage times have lasted up to seven days. On March 23, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously to extend the relief measure another three months. That period covers the projected time frame for the supply chain to clear the current backlog of cargo. The four-day cap was originally set to expire March 31.