PierPASS changes container procedure

PierPASS Inc has announced new procedures for handling export containers under the OffPeak program at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach CA. Beginning Aug 7, 2006, exporters delivering containers during peak hours will be required to claim their booking numbers before the containers arrive at the marine terminals.

Under the revised procedure, exporters must claim their booking numbers by visiting the PierPASS website and entering the booking numbers into their accounts. Export containers subject to the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) that arrive at terminals during peak hours (Monday through Friday, 3 am to 6 pm) without having been claimed in this manner will be turned around and encouraged to use the OffPeak hours of operation.

TMF payments must be made electronically through the PierPASS website by registered OffPeak users; no OffPeak payments are accepted at the terminal gates. The shipper is responsible for payment of the fee, not the trucking company or other carrier. The web site for declaring booking numbers and making TMF payments is www.pierpass-tmf.org.

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