Record volume of cases! Import detention charges will be imposed from 1 December
he Port of Houston, the largest container port in the Eastern United States, announced that it will charge shippers a detention fee for imported containers starting December 1, 2022
The Port of Houston, the largest container port in the Eastern United States, announced that it will charge shippers a detention fee for imported containers starting December 1, 2022, in an effort to speed up the flow of cargo and authorize an optional detention fee for excess imports. It includes Barbours Cut Terminal and Bayport Container Terminal.
Located on the northwest coast of Galveston in the Gulf of Mexico, the Port of Houston is the largest city in Texas, the second largest energy and commercial port in the United States and the sixth largest in the world. More than 7,000 merchant ships call at the port of Houston each year.
The Port of Houston says container volumes at the port have reached record levels in recent months. The new fee is aimed at improving the flow of goods to ease the problem of long-stranded imported containers.
In August, the Port of Houston handled a record 382,842TEU of containers, up 20 percent from the same month last year, making it the busiest month in the port's history, according to the data. Container throughput at the Port of Houston rose 26 per cent in September from a year earlier to 353,525 TEUs. It was the second-highest month ever for container traffic at the Port of Houston, behind August 2022. Overall, container throughput at the Port of Houston's container terminals was up 18% year-over-year to nearly 3 million TEUs.
The port said maintaining efficient handling at Bayport, Barbours Cut and dwell terminals was a new challenge as it prepared for the high season with increasing volumes of containers. On average, the length of stay of imported cargo ships has doubled to six days, compared with just two or three days during the past off-season.
The fee will be charged directly to the shipper (BCO) on the eighth day after the free period. The specific rate is: import containers held at the port for more than 8 days (including 8 days) will be charged a daily detention fee of US $45 per box, which will be charged directly to the beneficial shippers (BCOs). The detention fee applies to the Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals at the Port of Houston. Cargo owners who want to pick up the stranded containers must pay this new fee.
Roger Guenther, executive director of the Port of Houston, said the port had evaluated several options to improve the flow of cargo through the Port of Houston and reached a conclusion. The detention charges are in line with the interests of all supply chain stakeholders to reduce container detention time and ensure efficient port operations.
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