The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week unanimously repealed a cargo fee that has been on the Southern California seaport’s books since 2008 but implementation was delayed repeatedly and the fee was never collected.
The repealed fee would have been a charge on each cargo container to help fund roadway and railway improvements in and around the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
The “Infrastructure Cargo Fee” when adopted in 2008 was started in conjunction with the Port of Los Angeles, which also never collected the fee and also repealed the fee recently.
The fee was supposed to have been $15 per 20-foot equivalent shipping container. It was later lowered to $6.
Although the fee was never implemented, the Port of Long Beach has moved forward with its efforts to modernize and make capital improvements using other revenue sources, according to the board.