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Congestion & Express Charges

Oct. 9, 2017

After review of GPS tracking data, Portland Container will reduce the congestion charge for Terminal 18 from $100 to $75 per container. The reduced charge will be in effect for all containers out-gating on or after Oct. 16, 2017. The current congestion charge for Husky and PCT will be kept in place.  The rate is $150 per container for Husky and PCT.

 

Port Terminal Congestion Fee Express Fee
Seattle T-18 Yes No
Seattle T-25 No No
Seattle T-46 No No
Tacoma Husky Yes No
Tacoma TCT No No
Tacoma PCT Yes No
Tacoma WUT No No

Oct. 2, 2017

After review of GPS tracking data, Portland Container will keep in place the terminal congestion fees.  The rate is $150 per container for Port of Tacoma terminals and $100 per container for the Port of Seattle terminals. Please check the chart below to confirm your specific terminal is subject. 

 

Port Terminal Congestion Fee Express Fee
Seattle T-18 Yes No
Seattle T-25 No No
Seattle T-46 No No
Tacoma Husky Yes No
Tacoma TCT No No
Tacoma PCT Yes No
Tacoma WUT No No

 

Sept. 25, 2017

After review of GPS tracking data, Portland Container will keep in place the terminal congestion fees.  The rate is $150 per container for Port of Tacoma terminals and $100 per container for the Port of Seattle terminals. Please check the chart below to confirm your specific terminal is subject. 

 

Port Terminal Congestion Fee Express Fee
Seattle T-18 Yes No
Seattle T-25 No No
Seattle T-46 No No
Tacoma Husky Yes No
Tacoma TCT No No
Tacoma PCT Yes No
Tacoma WUT No No

 

September 11, 2017

After review of GPS tracking data, Portland Container will be increasing our terminal congestion charge. This increase will go into effect 9/18/2017. The increased rate will be $150 per container for the Port of Tacoma terminals and $100 per container for the Port of Seattle terminals. Please check the chart below to confirm your specific terminal is subject. The decision to increase the congestion charge was based on GPS tracking data. Please see below for a two week summary of our data.

 

Port Terminal Congestion Fee Express Fee
Seattle T-18 Yes No
Seattle T-25 No No
Seattle T-46 No No
Tacoma Husky Yes No
Tacoma TCT No No
Tacoma PCT Yes No
Tacoma WUT No No

 

Average Dwell Times By Terminal  

  8/25 -8/31 9/1 - 9/7 Two Week Avg.
ECT 1.705 2.810 2.258
Husky 1.790 2.723 2.204
PCT 2.890 4.100 3.428
Tacoma Area 3.222 4.878 3.958
T18 2.376 4.355 3.256
Husky & EST 3.150 3.425 3.260
  Does not include weekends | All units are hours

August 21, 2017

        Over the past few weeks, we have seen the dwell times at T-18 rise to a two week average of nearly two hours and 45min., peaking at an average of 3hr. and 42min. on August 4th. Based on this data we are adding T-18 to the list of terminals subject to terminal congestion charges. Starting Monday, August 21, 2017, Portland Container will charge a $75 per container terminal congestion fee for Terminal 18 in Seattle, WA. Husky and PCT will remain subject to congestion charges, please see chart below. 

 

Port Terminal Congestion Fee Express Fee
Seattle T-18 Yes No
Seattle T-25 No No
Seattle T-46 No No
Tacoma Husky Yes No
Tacoma TCT No No
Tacoma PCT Yes No
Tacoma WUT No No

 

 

August 14, 2017

After review of GPS tracking data, Portland Container will keep terminal congestion charges in effect for the week of August 14, 2017. The current terminal congestion charge is $75.

 

Port Terminal Congestion Fee Express Fee
Seattle T-18 No No
Seattle T-25 No No
Seattle T-46 No No
Tacoma Husky Yes No
Tacoma TCT No No
Tacoma PCT Yes No
Tacoma WUT No No

August 7, 2017

       In our original congestion announcement on July 19, 2017, we made a commitment to closely monitor dwell times, report weekly our findings, and adjust as appropriate. As part of that commitment starting August 7, 2017, Portland Container will stop charging a congestion fee for Terminal 18 in Seattle, WA. This decision was reached based on GPS data, operational observation, and a predetermined internal metric. Please note the chart below is derived from GPS and Geo Fence data collected by the Portland Container fleet trucks. We will continue to monitor dwell times at T18.

Congestion charge will continue to be applicable for Husky and PCT in Tacoma, WA. A $75 congestion fee will be assessed for each container. 
 

 

Port Terminal Congestion Fee Express Fee
Seattle T-18 No No
Seattle T-25 No No
Seattle T-46 No No
Tacoma Husky Yes No
Tacoma TCT No No
Tacoma PCT Yes No
Tacoma WUT No No

 

 

Daily Average, 45 Day History

July 31, 2017

The current terminal congestion charge is $75.

 

Port Terminal Congestion Fee Express Fee
Seattle T-18 Yes No
Seattle T-25 No No
Seattle T-46 No No
Tacoma Husky Yes No
Tacoma TCT No No
Tacoma PCT Yes No
Tacoma WUT No No

 

 

Six Week Historical Time Average

July 24th, 2017

 Starting July 24th Portland Container will no longer charge a $75 express fee for import containers not designated for Peel of Piles. Terminal congestion charges remain in place. Please reference the chart below.

 

 

 

Port Terminal Congestion Fee Express Fee
Seattle T-18 Yes -
Seattle T-25 No -
Seattle T-46 No -
Tacoma Husky Yes -
Tacoma TCT No -
Tacoma PCT Yes -
Tacoma WUT No -

 

July 10th, 2017

        On June 19th, 2017 Portland Container announced a terminal congestion charge of $125, click here for details. After careful review of GPS data gathered by our company trucks as well as meeting with terminal operators in Tacoma and Seattle, we have decided to reduce our congestion charge to $75.  Additionally, Washington United Terminal (WUT) and Olympic Container Terminal (OCT) will no longer be subject to congestion charges for shipments that do not have gate activity at terminals other than WUT and OCT.

Starting July 10th, 2017 Portland Container's congestion fee will be reduced to $75 (flat rate). This fee will be assessed against all import and export containers. Please see chart below for applicable terminals.  All congestion fees are billed to the original billing party for each shipment unless otherwise instructed by the contracting party.
 

 
Port Terminal Congestion Fee Express Fee
Seattle T-18 Yes Yes
Seattle T-25 No -
Seattle T-46 No -
Tacoma Husky Yes -
Tacoma OCT No -
Tacoma PCT Yes -
Tacoma WUT No -

June 19th, 2017

Congestions

As many of you know, the congestion and round trip times at terminals in Seattle and Tacoma have, and continue to, grow. This is particularly an issue with Terminal 18 and Tacoma terminals. Over the past months, we have seen a drivers day creep from 10hrs to 14hrs plus. The challenges have included, at times, early closure of the crane row early at T-18, trucks have been loaded with wrong containers, directed to the wrong area in the yard, and at both T-18 and in Tacoma we have had to wait in lines for as long as 6hrs. plus, only to be turned away due to the end of the work day. It has been a trying and expensive couple of months for both Portland Container and our drivers.

Several weeks ago our trucking division senior management traveled to Seattle and Tacoma to meet with the terminal operators. Based on those meetings and lessons learned over the past few months, Portland Container has come up with a two-pronged approach in addressing the issue of congestion.  Our solution puts in place a temporary $125 congestion charge for all containers in-gating or out-gating from Terminal 18 and all Tacoma terminals, as well, as an $75 express fee for import containers at T-18, read on for more detail. These charges will become active for all import shipments out-gated and all export shipments in-gated on or after June 19th, 2017.

At terminal T-18 and for import loads only, we are offering the option of either pulling by container number or using their Peel Off Pile system. For clients who require their containers to be pulled by number, or have very specific time windows we will be instating a $75 express charge. Clients wishing to avoid the $75 fee can opt into our Peel Off Stack. To opt-in, you must transmit your delivery order to Portland container three business days before the vessel is scheduled to arrive and note on your delivery order that you wish to opt-in. Containers for clients who do not opt-in to the Peel Off Pile program will be stacked in the crane row at T-18 and you will automatically charged the express fee.

How the Peel Off Pile Works

  • The terminal operator will cluster containers specified by Portland Container into a single stack.
  • Portland Container will out-gate the containers based on the stack order, not specified order. (Once the container is in a Peel Off Stack we cannot pull by number)
  • A delivery appointment is scheduled once the container is out-gated.
  • Once the container is Out-gated Portland Container will pull the container to our secure yard in Portland, OR or direct to the delivery location.
  • Portland Container will mitigate, within reason, chassis charges for the time between out-gate and delivery. (All shipments will have a minimum of 3 days chassis, one day for the terminal to Portland, one day for the delivery, one day for Portland back to the terminal.



Because of the nature of how Peel Off Piles work, once a container is in a pile, Portland Container cannot expedite transit times, pull by number, or schedule delivery until the container is out-gated. By indicating you would like to participate in the Peel Off Pile program you agree to possibly additional delays in the arrival of your container at the end destination.


If you don’t indicate that you wish to participate in the Peel Off Pile program at T18, you will be charged both $125 congestion and a $75 express fee starting June 19th, 2017.

 

Our operations team will be closely watching what is going on with the terminals and reviewing the need for the congestion charge every week. We will send an update each week letting you know if the terminal congestion charge will be in place the following week. We have created a special mailing list just for this purpose. If you opt out of this mailing list, it will not prevent you from receiving our general announcements regarding service interruptions, FSC charges, etc. Portland Container will continue to work hard to ensure that we meet your needs and keep costs reasonable while maintaining our ability to provide you with the service you have come to expect. We appreciate your business, support, understanding, and hope that our split solution and commitment to communicate every week communicates and demonstrates our desire to keep your impact is small as possible.


If you have any questions, please call us at (503) 286-5961.

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