Port of Oakland Decreases Free Wait Time for Import Containers; Danny Wan Details
OAKLAND, CA - With congestion continuing to cause delays along the supply chain, West Coast ports are facing challenges across the board. The Port of Oakland in California has taken its own measures this week, as on July 1, it will reduce the amount of tariff-free time import containers can spend dwelling in the port from seven to four days.
“We think the (demurrage) rates need to be higher to encourage cargo owners to move their cargo faster,” said Danny Wan, Executive Director for the Port of Oakland. “Our belief is that the rates are still low because customers are still using the terminals as storage facilities.”
According to CNBC, the demurrage rates are charged by the shipping lines and marine terminals once the maximum amount of tariff-free dwelling time has been surpassed. This course of action is not a first for the West Coast, as two terminal operators at the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, have been charging long-dwell fees since November of last year.
“The average dwell in [the] Oakland terminal is now 9–12 days,” Wan said. “It used to be 3–4 days. The 9–12 days incorporates rail dwell time because all rail cargo needs to be moved off the terminal to a near-dock rail facility.”
The Port of Oakland is reportedly experiencing the longest dwelling times for import containers. This coupled with a shortage of container-handling equipment at the Central Valley pop-up yards have created unique challenges for the port.
As we continue to see West Coast ports navigate these challenges, ANUK will keep you in the loop.