09 July 2015Shipping News
LONG BEACH, Calif., June 30, 2015 – The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) today
announced an increase in the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long
Beach, scheduled to take effect on August 1, 2015. The increase will sustain continued operation
of PierPass OffPeak gates amid labor cost increases.
Beginning August 1, the TMF will be increased from $66.50 per TEU (twenty-foot equivalent
unit) to $69.17 per TEU or $138.34 per forty-foot container.
WCMTOA periodically adjusts the TMF based on changes in maritime labor costs. The
announced change reflects increases in labor costs contained in the contract recently agreed to
between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse
Union (ILWU). The TMF was last adjusted in August 2013.
The Traffic Mitigation Fee helps pay for the night and Saturday marine terminal shifts created by
the PierPass OffPeak program to relieve daytime congestion in and around the ports. It also
provides a financial incentive to move cargo during less-congested times. The TMF is charged
for non-exempt containers moving during peak hours (Monday through Friday, 3 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
PierPass is a not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators at the Port of Los
Angeles and Port of Long Beach to address multi-terminal issues such as congestion, air quality
and security. The West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement (WCMTOA) is filed with
the Federal Maritime Commission, and comprises the 13 international MTOs serving the Los
Angeles and Long Beach ports. For more information, please see www.pierpass.org.