San Diego/Otay, CA
Release Date: October 29, 2021
Starting Monday, November 8, 2021, new requirements will go into effect for travelers entering the United States at land ports of entry (POEs) and ferry terminals.
For the first time since March 2020, non-citizen travelers will be permitted to enter the U.S. through a land border or ferry terminal for a non-essential reason (i.e., tourism), provided they are fully vaccinated and can present proof of COVID-19 vaccination status. Unvaccinated travelers may continue to cross the border for essential travel, including lawful trade, emergency response, and public health purposes.
Los Angeles & Long Beach Port Emergency Fee
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced that effective November 1, 2021, an “emergency fee” will be assessed on ocean carriers for cargoes remaining on port Terminals in excess of specified periods:
- For truck cargoes remaining on port 9 or more days after discharge
- For rail cargoes remaining on port 6 or more days after discharge
The fee of $100 per container increases in increments of $100 per container per day (i.e., the fee will be $200 per container on Day 10, $300 per container on Day 11), and is compounded each day.
These fees were developed in coordination with the White House’s Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and a number of supply chain stakeholders. The purpose is to improve cargo movement amid congestion and record volume. The Ports will collect these fees directly from Ocean Carriers and the revenue will be re-invested by the Ports for programs designed to enhance the efficiency, accelerate cargo velocity, and address the impact of congestion throughout San Pedro Bay.
Los Puertos de Los Ángeles y Long Beach Imponen una Tarifa de Emergencia
Los puertos de Los Ángeles y Long Beach anunciaron que a partir del 1 de noviembre de 2021, se cobrará una "tarifa de emergencia" a los transportistas marítimos por las cargas que permanezcan en las terminales portuarias en exceso de los períodos especificados:
- Para las cargas de camiones que permanecen en el puerto 9 o más días después de la descarga
- Para cargas ferroviarias que permanecen en el puerto 6 o más días después de la descarga
La tarifa de $100 por contenedor aumenta en incrementos de $100 por contenedor por día (es decir, la tarifa será de $200 por contenedor el día 10, $300 por contenedor el día 11) y se capitaliza cada día.
Estas tarifas se desarrollaron en coordinación con el “White House’s Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force,” el “U.S. Department of Transportation,” e interesados en la cadena de suministro. El propósito es mejorar el movimiento de carga en medio de la congestión y el alto volumen. Los puertos cobrarán estas tarifas directamente al “Ocean Carrier” y los puertos reinvertirán los ingresos en programas diseñados para mejorar la eficiencia, acelerar la velocidad de carga y abordar el impacto de la congestión en toda la bahía de San Pedro.
Accepted Vaccines: FDA approved and authorized vaccines, as well as all vaccines that have an Emergency Use Listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization.
FDA has approved Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccines. In addition to these three, WHO listed AstraZeneca and Sinopharm for emergency use. Please review the CDC guidance for additional information.
Travel Restrictions Lifted for Fully Vaccinated Foreigners in Land Ports starting Early November
Legal Resident Alien and Commuter Card Holders have until January to be Fully Vaccinated to Continue Crossing the Border
That’s right! Unless some clarification is issued by DHS, legal resident alien card holders, known as green card holders and any other foreigner (including Mexicans) with a valid work visa that have been crossing the border without a problem, will NOT be able to do so as of January 2022 unless they are fully vaccinated. This includes foreigners crossing for essential and non essential functions. For example, Mexican truck drivers will have to be fully vaccinated as of January to continue crossing.
People are considered fully vaccinated:
• 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
• 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
So, please note workers will need to have their second dose vaccine (or one shot J&J) by December 17, 2021 to cross January 1, 2022.
Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce
October 28, 2021
Dear ZIM Customer,
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have announced that effective November 1st, an “emergency fee” will be assessed against cargoes dwelling on port Terminals in excess of specified periods:
- For cargoes designated for movement by truck remaining on port nine (9) or more days after discharge
- For cargoes designated for movement by rail remaining on port six (6) or more days after discharge
- The fee of $100 per container increases in increments of $100 per container per day (i.e., the fee will be $100 per container on Day 9, $200 per container on Day 10, $300 per container on Day 11…), and is compounded each day (i.e. total fees on Day 9 is $100, total fees on Day 10 is $300, total fees on Day 11 is $600) *see charge table below*
The announced fees were developed in coordination with the White House’s Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and a number of supply chain stakeholders. The announced purpose of the “emergency fee” is to incent timely removal of cargoes from the San Pedro Bay terminals, improving fluidity of the supply chain and reduce the critical level of congestion in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Ports will collect those fees directly from Ocean Carriers and the revenue will be re-invested by the Ports for programs designed to enhance the efficiency, accelerate cargo velocity, and address the impact of congestion throughout San Pedro Bay.
The specifics of the fees have not yet been published; we will share those details with you – and publish an implementing Tariff Rule – as soon as they are available. To be clear, assessment of the ‘emergency’ fee will be in addition to previously published demurrage charges and will be invoiced to you. Given the short-term notice of the change in charges for terminal services – which fall well outside ZIM’s control - we understand that the assessment of this fee will put your company in a difficult position. We will continue to identify solutions that might help mitigate the impact of the Ports’ action; given the fact that your cargoes are typically manifested for discharge at Los Angeles or Long Beach and are identified for Merchant Haulage, this notice is forwarded so that you might take steps to remove your cargoes from the Terminal before they are subject to the fee.
We appreciate your continued support and will keep you informed of developments as they occur.
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.
Ocean carriers to be charged daily fee for containers that linger on terminals
Oct. 25, 2021
In an effort to improve cargo movement amid congestion and record volume, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will begin assessing a surcharge to ocean carriers for import containers that dwell on marine terminals.
Under the new policy, the ports will charge ocean carriers for each container that falls into one of two categories. In the case of containers scheduled to move by truck, ocean carriers will be charged for every container dwelling nine days or more. For containers moving by rail, ocean carriers will be charged if the container has dwelled for three days or more.
Beginning Nov. 1, the ports will charge ocean carriers with cargo in those two categories $100 per container, increasing in $100 increments per container per day.
“We must expedite the movement of cargo through the ports to work down the number of ships at anchor,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Approximately 40% of the containers on our terminals today fall into the two categories. If we can clear this idling cargo, we’ll have much more space on our terminals to accept empties, handle exports, and improve fluidity for the wide range of cargo owners who utilize our ports.”
“With the escalating backlog of ships off the coast, we must take immediate action to prompt the rapid removal of containers from our marine terminals,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “The terminals are running out of space, and this will make room for the containers sitting on those ships at anchor.”
“I support the actions taken by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach today to charge ocean carriers for lingering containers on marine terminals. These actions aim to expedite the movement of goods and reduce congestion in our ports,” said John D. Porcari, Port Envoy to the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force. “As our economy continues to grow, increased demand and disruptions caused by the pandemic are putting our supply chains to the test. While we’ve seen new records set in terms of throughput this year at West Coast ports, we need more players throughout the supply chain to keep stepping up. The federal government will continue to bring together private companies and stakeholders from across the supply chain and serve as an honest broker helping to surface solutions like this to address supply chain disruptions.”
Before the pandemic-induced import surge began in mid-2020, on average, containers for local delivery sat on container terminals under four days, while containers destined for trains dwelled less than two days. Those numbers have increased significantly, making it difficult to clear cargo off the terminals and bring in ships at anchor.
Fees collected from dwelling cargo will be re-invested by the two ports for programs designed to enhance efficiency, accelerate cargo velocity, and address congestion impacts throughout the San Pedro Bay.
The policy was developed in coordination with the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, U.S. Department of Transportation and multiple supply chain stakeholders.
The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach are the two largest container ports in the nation, first and second respectively, and combined are the ninth-largest port complex in the world. Trade that flows through the San Pedro Bay ports complex reaches every Congressional district across the country and generates more than 3 million jobs nationwide.
Media Contacts: Lee Peterson, Port of Long Beach Media Relations Manager, email@example.com.
Phillip Sanfield, Port of Los Angeles Director of Media Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, anticipating that there will be increased traffic volumes at local ports of entry, are announcing the resumption of standard business hours at three ports of entry between California and Mexico.
Hours were temporarily limited in response to decreased traffic volumes because of COVID-19 and restrictions against non-essential travel.
Beginning November 7, hours will resume to the following:
- 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. at the Tecate port of entry
- 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. at the Andrade port of entry
Beginning November 8, hours will resume to the following:
- 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. at the Calexico East port of entry
Hours at the San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, and Calexico West ports of entry will continue to be 24 hours. All pedestrian processing at San Ysidro will continue at the Pedestrian east facility (the original pedestrian crossing area at San Ysidro.) There continue to be no changes to cargo/commercial processing.
Anticipating increased traffic volumes, CBP will scale staffing based on anticipated workloads in an effort to expeditiously process permitted travelers into the U.S.