Southern California Ports’
Clean Trucks Program Update
October 1 , 2008
Dear APL Customer,
On October 1st, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (the Ports) took the initial steps toward implementing their Clean Trucks Program (CTP) by requiring the marine terminal operators to refuse access into any terminal by any drayage truck that cannot be verified as having complied with the Ports concessionaire truck identification system. Each port has different compliance requirements in order to obtain a concession.
Until such time as the marine terminal operators can electronically verify via RFID tag readers at each terminal gate that a drayage truck is in compliance with the Ports’ licensed motor carrier concession program and has been registered in the new drayage truck database that the Ports have developed, each port has issued separate color-coded decals that must be affixed to each truck for visual inspection at the marine terminal. Trucks without a decal will be denied access to a marine terminal as of October 1st.
APL customers are urged to contact their designated licensed motor carrier(s) and verify that their drayage trucks have complied with the Ports’ concessionaire truck identification system. Non-compliant drayage trucks will be refused access to all marine terminals in the Ports, and customers will be liable for any port demurrage charges that result from delayed container pick-ups.
Customers can check via for following web sites whether their designated licensed motor carrier has applied for a concession from each port:
Note – Over-the-road truckers who do not regularly serve the Ports and do not have a port concession will be able to purchase a temporary access permit. The cost of each permit is $100, and there are separate permits for each port. Information regarding these special permits can be obtained by calling (866) 721-5686.
Because the IT system required for the marine terminal operators to electronically identify drayage trucks operating under the CTP has yet to be installed, the Ports have delayed implementation of the $35 per TEU Clean Truck Fee (CTF) that was also to have been implemented on October 1st. Once this system is up and running, the CTF will be assessed against all beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) unless the truck is a privately-funded 2007 or newer model year diesel or a port-funded 2007 or newer model year liquefied natural gas (LNG). The implementation of the CTF is expected to begin sometime between late October and mid-November.
APL customers are urged to register and establish credit or CTF payment arrangement with PortCheck (www.portcheck.org), the Ports’ web site for management of the CTP, as soon as possible. Once the CTF collection begins, no containerized shipments can be released or accepted by a marine terminal operator unless the container has been ‘claimed’ by the BCO who will pay the CTF (unless a CTF-exempt drayage truck is used). Customers will be liable for any port demurrage charges if their shipments cannot be picked-up from the marine terminal within the allotted free time.
To find out more about the Ports Clean Trucks Program, customers can visit -
Please note that the Clean Trucks Program is an initiative of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. APL is not responsible for or involved with payment of the Clean Truck Fee or administration of the Clean Trucks Program. This Service Advisory is provided as a courtesy to APL customers.