PortCheck of Long Beach, Calif., the not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators to collect the Clean Truck Fee for the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, will start collecting the fee beginning Wednesday, Feb. 18.

On Oct. 22, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach signed an agreement with PortCheck, contracting it to collect the fees and enforce a ban on trucks older than model year 1989, part of the ports' Clean Truck Program.

All cargo must be claimed before the CTF can be paid. Beginning Feb. 18, no cargo will be allowed to enter or exit from a marine container terminal unless the cargo has been claimed. Under the ports' program, the cargo owner (the party named on the bill of lading) is responsible for paying the CTF.

Prior to the availability of the official PortCheck website, PortCheck urges cargo owners that are not registered with PierPASS to register on the PierPASS site at www.pierpass-tmf.org.

Cargo owners that are already registered in PierPASS will be uploaded automatically to PortCheck once they accept the terms and conditions. PortCheck encourages cargo owners to visit www.pierpass-tmf.org to ensure they are registered, familiarize themselves with the website and navigation, and begin to claim cargo.

Information on the Clean Trucks Program is available at the ports' web sites at www.polb.com/cleantrucks and www.portoflosangeles.org/cleantrucks. Additional information about the CTF payment process is available at www.portcheck.org.