In an effort to improve the fluidity of the largest import gateway in the United States, the CMA CGM Group, is to implement an Early Container Pickup Incentive Program at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It will be effective on December 1 and continue for 90 days. The incentive will be provided to the importers that pick up their containers via merchant haulage from all the terminals in Los Angeles and Long Beach in the first eight days, with the intent that they will use it to offset costs incurred by tensions on their supply chains.
The incentive will be:
- $100 per container for daytime pickup from Monday to Friday;
- $200 USD per container at night and on weekends.
CMA CGM says that its commitment could exceed $22 million dollars over 90 days.
Additionally, CMA CGM will financially support the Fenix Marine Services terminal in expanding its hours of operation so that containers can be picked up day and night, 7 days per week.
“The CMA CGM Group is committed to doing everything we can to assist in improving overall supply chain velocity in southern California,” said Ed Aldridge, president of CMA CGM and APL North America, “By incentivizing the movement of containers off the terminals and ensuring pickups can be made on nights and weekends at FMS, we will decrease truck turn times and expedite the flow of goods into the United States. This is just one more way we are working with our port partners and the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Task Force to ensure shelves are full and Americans have access to the vital items they need on a daily basis.”