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January 26, 2009
California Ports To Collect Clean Truck Fee on Feb. 18

The Port of Long Beach has issued a press release stating that on February 18, 2009 the new PortCheck system will be used to collect a Clean Truck Fee (CTF) of $35 per twenty-foot container for the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.  The CTF will be assessed on every loaded container move performed by trucks that are not fully or partially exempt from the CTF.  Trucks without a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag, which identifies the vehicle as working under a valid port concessionaire, will not be allowed entry into the ports’ container terminals.

Cargo owners should familiarize themselves with the PortCheck system for claiming cargo by visiting the Web site located at http://www.pierpass-tmf.org.  The cargo owner is responsible for paying the CTF.  The fees collected via PortCheck will help finance the replacement of thousands trucks that contribute to pollution in Southern California.

The collection of the CTF was originally scheduled to begin on November 17, 2008.  However, the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have delayed the implementation date twice due to Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) review. 

Based on published CTF requirements, FedEx Trade Networks has developed a service solution to support customers.  Unless further delays in the implementation of the CTF program are announced, FedEx Trade Networks will begin recording or paying the new fees on February 10, 2009.  Because CTF requirements are applied based on when the freight is picked up, not when it arrives at the port, the February 10 start date will help keep customers’ shipments moving by allowing for normal delays that occur when freight remains in the port prior to pickup.  Through proactive planning and CTF collection, FedEx Trade Networks will strive to keep customer containers moving through the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles so they are not adversely affected by the new program.  Customers who have questions or need more information should contact their local FedEx Trade Networks representative.

For additional background information, please refer to the FedEx Trade Networks bulletins entitled “Calif. Ports Change Date for Clean Truck Fee Collection” (posted on November 17, 2008), “California Ports Will Collect Clean Truck Fee on Nov. 17” (posted on November 6, 2008), “California Ports To Implement PortCheck in November” (posted on October 28, 2008), “California Clean Truck Program Is Effective October 1” (posted on September 24, 2008), “Calif. Approves Clean Truck Concessions” (posted on June 16, 2008), “Calif. Clean Truck Programs Beg to Differ” (posted on 03/26/08), “S. Calif. Ports Approve Container Fee” (posted on 01/02/08), and “Calif. Ports Approve Clean Truck Tariff” (posted on 11/21/07).

The Port of Long Beach press release referenced in this bulletin can be accessed at the following URL:
http://www.polb.com/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=501&targetid=1

More information on the Clean Trucks Program and the PortCheck system is available on the Port of Long Beach Web site at the following URL:
http://www.polb.com .

The PortCheck Web site is available at http://www.portcheck.org/ .

For more information, please contact your local FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage office. For a complete list of office locations go to http://www.ftn.fedex.com/locations/index.html.