Clean Truck Fee Collection Delayed Pending Resolution of Regulatory Issues

LONG BEACH, Calif., Nov. 13, 2008 – Collection of the Clean Truck Fee (CTF) assessed by the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, which was to have begun on Nov. 17, will be delayed pending resolution of outstanding regulatory issues. An agreement filing relating to the ports’ arrangement with PortCheck is still pending with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), and the fee collection will be delayed while issues relating to that filing are resolved.

“The terminal operators and ports continue to work with the FMC to resolve remaining questions about the program,” said Bruce Wargo, president and CEO of PortCheck. “We hope to resolve the issues as quickly as possible.” PortCheck Inc. is the not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators to collect the Clean Trucks Program tariff fees and administer a ban on older trucks as required by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

In the meantime, technical preparations for the fee collection continue. The new start date for fee collection is not yet clear, but PortCheck strongly urges cargo owners to complete preparations for claiming cargo online and 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. “We appreciate the level of cooperation from cargo owners in preparing for this new program,” Mr. Wargo said.

Once fee collection begins, non-exempt cargo will not be allowed to enter or exit from a marine container terminal unless the cargo has been claimed by a credit account or the CTF paid. Under the ports’ program, the cargo owner (the party named on the ocean bill of lading or their legal representative) is responsible for paying the CTF. All cargo must be claimed before the CTF can be paid.

(Source from: www.portcheck.org)