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The US port of Long Beach is set to lower fees in a bid to help it compete with other west coast ports. The measures will also reward customers who cut air pollution. Preliminary approval has been given to waive dockage charges for ships which slow down near the port and plug into shore power. The port also approved a measure to implement a $5-per-container unit for each new loaded container they bring in – so long as it travels inland by on-dock rail, thus cutting back on truck trips.

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