With a street turn, one truck does a round trip, said AgTC, avoiding the need to have one truck carry a container out and another truck hauling a container back.
“At a time when ports are mandating green trucks and reduced emissions, this street turn fee is already increasing the number of trucks and emissions,” the group added.
AgTC pointed to notices that said effective Feb. 4 HMM will begin to charge truckers $50 for street turns and ZIM will charge $40.
David Garofalo of the Intermodal Association of North America said, “The ZIM and Hyundai initiation of street turn fees is a component of their addenda to the UIIA (Uniform Intermodal Interchange and Facilities Access Agreement). These addenda are used to lay out commercial/economic terms between equipment providers and truckers that are related to equipment interchange and are precluded from being a part of the UIIA contract due to antitrust implications.”
A spokeswoman for HMM said the shipping line “recognizes and promotes the street turn activity. A street turn benefits ports, container depots, chassis providers, shippers and truckers. The charge that HMM has imposed is to the trucker, not the shipper, to cover our administrative costs for arranging and executing the street turn. We do not see this administrative charge to be a burden to truckers since there are still benefits to the operation for all participants.”
Because of its deleterious effect on the environment, he said AgTC also is thinking of contacting the California Air Resources Board about the charges.
Weston LaBar, the chief executive officer of the Harbor Trucking Association, which represents drayage drivers in Southern California, said he was aware of the charges ZIM and Hyundai have announced.
“There is a considerable amount of pushback from the industry. There has been an emphasis on trying to increase street turns to combat port congestion and this is another counterintuitive action by ocean carriers,” said LaBar.