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California’s two major ports in the San Pedro Bay region is to levy a $10/teu Clean Truck Fund (CTF) fee from 1 April.

The charge was approved by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission in early November, with the proceeds of the fees committed to the CTF to promote the development of clean trucks.

The fee will not not apply to zero-emission trucks or cargo handled by rail.

The CTF is expected to raise around $90m from the handling of cargo containers, with the ports committed to meeting environmental targets, which will see all zero truck emissions by 2035.

Port charges were first mooted in 2017 when the clean truck programme was first discussed, with a range of possible charges. Since then, freight rates have soared to record levels and, although rates have cooled a little in recent weeks, they still remain high at $16,000/feu according to the FBX index, reducing the impact of the CTF fees.

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