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Long Beach Extends ‘Free Time’ Due to Box Congestion

(Will Waters – Lloyd’s Loading List)

The Port of Long Beach will add an extra three days to the time that overseas import containers can remain on the docks without charge, in order to grant some relief to cargo owners as the supply chain works to eliminate cargo delivery delays.

Starting Saturday 18 October and continuing through to Friday 31 October, the “free” time has been extended from four to seven business days. Cargo owners typically work to have their imported cargo containers picked up within free time or face “demurrage” or storage fees, the port said, adding that it would not waive demurrage retroactively. Read more here.