Off-dock Drayage program for Long-Dwelling containers begins May 16 in Los Angeles and Newark
To reduce dwell time and restore fluidity in our key Los Angeles and Newark gateways, Maersk will begin transferring longstanding import containers to off-dock yards as of May 16, 2022. We will initially transfer containers dwelling for 21 or more days that are customs cleared and have no appointment confirmed for pick-up at the terminals. Depending on the program’s effectiveness, we may need to expand the effort to include containers dwelling for more than 14 days to improve overall conditions. Demurrage and other applicable fees will be assessed in accordance with contracted or current tariff levels.
Containers that are trucked to off-dock locations will be made available on a “Last-In-First-Out” (LIFO) basis. Customers with qualifying long-dwell containers are advised to please take delivery of their cargo as soon as possible, but no later than 14-days after vessel discharge to avoid urgent loads being potentially drayed off-dock and delayed in a “peel-off” stack.
Customers with cargo in Los Angeles (APMT) and Long Beach (TTI) terminals are encouraged to take advantage of our Saturday gate incentive to expedite cargo flows. The Saturday gate incentive will run through June 18th and offers a $100 USD per container credit on the consignee’s account for import pickups. Maersk arranged pickups to Maersk operated warehouses or Maersk temporary storage facilities are excluded from this incentive program.
Strong volumes and severe congestion continue to affect many ports in North America, which impacts vessel productivity, waiting times for berth, as well as gate and rail operations. While this policy may require adjustments in your delivery program, we believe that reducing dwell times on these terminals will help alleviate the impact ongoing congestion is having on the supply chain at large for the benefit of all.
We appreciate your continued support and remain available to address any questions or concerns you may have.