Container terminal at Port of Tacoma imposes dwell charges

Husky Terminal & Stevedoring Inc, a private container terminal at Washington’s Port of Tacoma, has started charging an extended dwell time fee for containers that stay too long as the terminal.

The company operates the Husky Terminal at the Port of Tacoma, which has customers that include Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, Ocean Network Express, Yang Ming Line and ZIM.

From November 1st import containers that remain at the terminal for more than 15 calendar days will be charged a one-time $315 “Long Stay Rehandling Charge” prior to their release.

Husky said that only containers coming from the Seaspan Amazon will face the “long stay” charge. While the recently announced Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach charges in Southern California will fall to ocean carriers, Husky’s flat fee looks set to be assessed to the cargo owners, with a payment required via online or the Cargo sprint portal prior to the release of containers.

Husky said that “over the past several months local import dwell on the terminal has grown exponentially despite our numbers remaining similar to our 2020 volumes. Husky Terminal has taken numerous actions to mitigate the surge in dwell to reduce rehandling and keep the terminal fluid. Two additional RTG’s are now in operation, expanding our daily local delivery capability. Saturday gates have continued to be offered each and every week since August. Despite our best efforts, the overall number of high dwelling units continues to increase along with overall duration of stay. Regrettably the deterioration in import velocity has directly impacted yard fluidity, forcing the terminal to perform multiple rehandles of the same units over an extended period. Therefore, the following action is being implemented in an effort to encourage improved velocity.”