Long Beach, Los Angeles to invest in zero-emissions technology

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles on April 1, 2022, will begin collecting certain fees per twenty-foot equivalent unit on loaded import and export cargo containers hauled by drayage trucks as they enter or leave container terminals.

The ports have set an industry-leading goal to achieve zero-emissions drayage trucking by 2035. 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.

Exemptions to the CTF rate will be initially provided for containers hauled by zero-emission trucks and low-nitrogen oxide-emitting (low-NOx) trucks

PortCheck, a private company, 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.

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.