« BackThe West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement (WCMTOA) has announced that major changes in the program known as PierPass will take effect on November 19, 2018. History PierPass was created to reduce daytime traffic and congestion on roadways around the Port Complex of Los Angeles/Long Beach during daytime hours. Prior to PierPass terminals were generally open during limited hours which meant that truck traffic was extremely heavy during peak daytime hours. Terminals advised that they could not afford to keep gates open in the evening and that truckers would not avail themselves of the off-hour gates in any case. PierPass was created to provide a financial incentive to the shipping public to pickup containers during eveing hours and to pay the terminals to operate gates at night. Proposed PierPass 2.0 For years PierPass collected a fee per 20-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) for daytime pickup whereas night pickups avoided the fee. PierPass 2.0 marks a change in the method of operation. All trucks will be required to have an appointment with the terminals. Instead of paying $72.09 per TEU for containers picked up only during daytime hours all containers will now be subject to a fee of $31.52 per TEU ($63.04 for 40-foot) regardless of the hour picked up. Opposition
- Opponents of PierPass 2.0 claim that the new proposal, by not providing free night pickups and charging for day pickups, defeats the entire purpose of the original program. Proponents say that the appointment system, by limiting daytime appointments and encouraging night appointments will function the same way.
- Opponents claim that the terminals should not be paid additional money to do what they are required to do—permit customers to pick up cargo. Proponents claim that the additional amount is required to keep terminals open at night to mitigate traffic as originally intended.