MEMOIRS OF A RED-HEADED STEPCHILD

Last year, cargo interests in Oakland had about three days to adjust to the chassis in/out gate fees.  On the Wednesday after Memorial Day, we were informed there would be a gate fee for chassis starting the followingNight Operation SSA Monday.  

 

We protested.  We tried to negotiate.  We asked for more time.  All of our pleas fell on deaf ears. The charges moved forward.

 

A year later with much more notice, the terminals in Southern California announced the same thing. All of the sudden, everyone is up in arms and the Federal Maritime Commission gets involved. The port-wide fee is aborted in favor of individual terminal operators negotiating with the chassis providers.  

 

We know the ports of LA/Long Beach handle considerably more volume than does Oakland, but seriously???