New California law designed to rein in detention and demurrage charges

The California trucking community is celebrating the approval of a new state law that it believes will reduce detention and demurrage charges for containers that are not picked up or returned to ports in a timely manner.

Gov. Gavin Newsom last week signed Assembly Bill 2406, which prohibits intermodal equipment providers and marine terminal operators from imposing per diem detention or demurrage charges except in certain cases. 

Demurrage and detention charges are levied under two circumstances....

West Coast ports sink to lowest share of US imports since early 1980s

photo of a container port crane

The West Coast was the destination of choice for Asian exports in the initial stage of the COVID buying boom — before container-ship queues stymied the ports. 

Since then, volumes have been redirected to the East and Gulf Coasts due to fears of both California congestion and West Coast port labor strife. There has been a major shift in cargo flows. East and Gulf coast ports now boast significantly more imports than West Coast ports.

Best month ever for East/Gulf coast ports

Data from McCown...

Southern California ports getting more ZEVs; state proposes Clean Fleet rule

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The annual exposition of the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) here featured two developments that suggest the drayage industry in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles is working toward meeting the clean fleet rules of both the state and the ports.

Those clean fleet initiative announcements came about the same time the state was finalizing its proposed Advanced Clean Fleet (ACF) rule. Its release last week opened up a comment period headed toward a public...

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