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Pier Pass Increase July 9, 2015

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 30, 2015 The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) today

announced an increase in the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long

Beach, scheduled to take effect on August 1, 2015. The increase will sustain continued operation

of PierPass OffPeak gates amid labor cost increases.

Beginning August 1, the TMF will be increased from $66.50 per TEU (twenty-foot equivalent

unit) to $69.17 per TEU or $138.34 per forty-foot container.

WCMTOA periodically adjusts the TMF based on changes in maritime labor costs. The

announced change reflects increases in labor costs contained in the contract recently agreed to

between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse

Union (ILWU). The TMF was last adjusted in August 2013.

The Traffic Mitigation Fee helps pay for the night and Saturday marine terminal shifts created by

the PierPass OffPeak program to relieve daytime congestion in and around the ports. It also

provides a financial incentive to move cargo during less-congested times. The TMF is charged

for non-exempt containers moving during peak hours (Monday through Friday, 3 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

About PierPass

PierPass is a not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators at the Port of Los

Angeles and Port of Long Beach to address multi-terminal issues such as congestion, air quality

and security. The West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement (WCMTOA) is filed with

the Federal Maritime Commission, and comprises the 13 international MTOs serving the Los

Angeles and Long Beach ports. For more information, please see