USDA Grain Transportation Report 2 (9/15): Port Authority of New York, New Jersey Delays Dwell Fee For Empties

According to USDA's Grain Transportation report, the Port of New York and New Jersey recently postponed its plan—originally set to begin on September 1—to charge ocean carriers a fee for long-dwelling containers.

The plan is intended to cull some empties from the dock. Through a public comment period, port officials uncovered unanticipated consequences of the fee plan.

Ocean carriers have committed to restoring fluidity to port traffic and have been working on plans to remove the empties.

Port officials are working to modify the current fee plan and have delayed implementing the charge until the fourth quarter of this year, with the first invoices being issued in January.