Report says container fees won’t hurt shipping
A report last week from the San Bernardino Associated Governments said container fees on boxes arriving at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would not deter carriers and shippers from bringing goods through Southern California.
The report discusses a fee, which hypothetically would be used to build infrastructure to help smooth the flow of goods through the region, of $200 per container to fund $10 billion in road and rail improvements.
However, the industry would seem reticent to accept such an onerous fee, when it fought hard this past year to block a California bill to charge $30 per container to build infrastructure and increase security.
The report stresses the importance of building infrastructure in the next decade to accommodate increasing cargo levels for the next 25 years.