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Page 28 of 47 Cover Story Special Report April 2 2018 | The Journal of Commerce 29 West Coast Ports CARGO INTERESTS AND truckers should know by early April if the PierPass extended-gates program in Los Ange- les-Long Beach, now in its 13th year, will be restructured to incorporate a flat fee coupled with trucker appointments. PierPass has its supporters and detractors, but port users agree that the largest US gateway couldn't handle 17 million TEU a year without a regular schedule of night and weekend gates. Because many ports also struggle to handle record cargo volumes carried by 10,000- to 14,000-TEU mega-ships, a successful program in Southern Califor- nia could serve as a template for other ports seeking to establish a cost-effec- tive program of extended gates. The 12 container terminal oper- ators in Los Angeles-Long Beach are assessing the options contained in a study released in early March by Tioga/ WCL Consulting. The report followed months of meetings with terminal operators, truckers, beneficial cargo owners (BCOs), and cargo intermediar- ies that analyzed the pros and cons of the PierPass off-peak program. Truckers bear the brunt of delays at marine terminals, and they gener- ally agree that the report, which leans toward a lower, flat fee, a portwide trucker appointment regime, and great- er BCO participation in container peel- off programs at individual terminals, addresses most of their goals. "It's much of what we've been asking for the past three years," said Weston LaBar, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association. Container terminal operators who are members of the West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Association must make the final decision on how the off-peak program will be restructured because the association's agreement with the Federal Maritime Commission specifies that the terminal operators can only discuss matters involving rate 12 terminal operators will decide soon whether to incorporate a lower, flat pricing structure on the LA-Long Beach extended-gates program By Bill Mongelluzzo A single-fee model for PierPass?

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