PIER PASS 2.0 IMPLEMENTATION: November 19, 2018

Dec 26, 2019Market Advisory

TOC LOGISTICS INTERNATIONAL INC. here offers an ocean market update pertaining to new PierPass Peak/Off-Peak container surcharges and terminal operations:

A flat TMF (Traffic Mitigation Fee), per TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit) is being imposed on all import containers during BOTH traditional peak and off-peak periods at the LA/LGB west coast ports/terminals, effective November 19, 2018.

The previous TMF per TEU during PEAK times (day shift) of $72.09 will be reduced to $31.52 per TEU ($63.04 for 40’ containers) and will now be applicable to ALL import containers during both PEAK and OFF-PEAK (day and evening shifts).  Appointment requirements will not change, however will expand to more terminals.

There is no change to the types of containers being assessed the TMF; the following items, however, will continue to be exempt:

  • Empty containers
  • Rail intermodal containers
  • Transshipped containers (cargo that arrives at the Port of Los Angeles or Long Beach on one vessel and leaves on a second vessel without entering U.S. commerce)
  • Domestic cargo
  • Bare chassis

All ocean importers will now be experiencing the TMF regardless of when containers are pulled from the terminals.

For more detailed information directly from PierPass, please see the links here for FAQ’s from the original April 2018 announcement October 2018 announcement and official Pier Pass press release:




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