Ports of LA, Long Beach to Collect for Clean Truck Fund

Ports of LA, Long Beach to Collect Fee for Clean Truck Fund

March 25, 2022
Starting April 1, 2022, import and export contained will be charged $10 per TEU.

In an effort to achieve zero-emissions drayage trucking by 2035, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles on April 1, 2022, will begin collecting a rate of $10 per twenty-foot equivalent unit on loaded import and export cargo containers hauled by drayage trucks as they enter or leave container terminals.

The Clean Truck Fund (CTF) rate was created to help fund and incentivize the changeover to cleaner trucks. It will also generate monies – up to $90 million in the first year – to accelerate the development of zero-emissions technology.

Phasing out older, more polluting trucks has been key to clean air gains the San Pedro Bay ports have made since the original Clean Truck programs were launched in 2008. Diesel emissions from trucks have been cut by as much as 97% compared to 2005 levels. Trucks remain the ports’ largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and the second-highest source of nitrogen oxides, a contributor to regional smog formation.

Each port’s tariff requires payment of the CTF rate by cargo owners or their authorized agents and includes a provision prohibiting payment by drayage truck drivers or operators.  For more information about the CTF rate, a joint CTF rate collection fact sheet can be found here.

Exemptions to the CTF rate will be initially provided for containers hauled by zero-emission trucks and low-nitrogen oxide-emitting (low-NOx) trucks. To receive the exemption when the rate collection begins on April 1, 2022, all such trucks must be registered as low-NOx or zero-emission in the Port Drayage Truck Registry

 PortCheck was selected by both ports to collect the CTF rate. Starting April 1, 2022, cargo owners or their agents must be registered in the PortCheck system to arrange to pay the CTF rate prior to pick up or drop-off. The CTF rate web portal will be connected to the existing PierPass system starting March 21, 2022, for registration here..  Users of the web portal will be able to begin claiming containers and providing for advanced payment of the CTF rate on March 29, 2022.  A PortCheck helpline will be listed on the PortCheck webpage for any technical support of the CTF rate collection system.

Informational workshops on the CTF rate and collection mechanism have been held for cargo owners, their agents, and the trucking community. Videos and presentations of the workshops are on the CAAP website.

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