Background

Beginning April 1 the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will collect a fee of $10 per 20-foot equivalent unit ($20 for longer containers) on loaded import and export cargo containers hauled by drayage trucks as they enter or leave container terminals. Each port’s tariff requires payment of the fee by cargo owners or their authorized agents and prohibits payment by drayage truck drivers or operators. Exemptions will be initially provided for containers hauled by zero-emission trucks and low-nitrogen oxide-emitting trucks.

According to joint press release, the two ports first launched their clean truck program in 2008 to phase out older, more polluting trucks and have set a goal of zero-emissions drayage trucking by 2035. Revenues raised by the new fee, which could reach $90 million in the first year, will be used to fund and incentivize the use of cleaner trucks.

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