The plan was given preliminary approval by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, September 14, and final Board approval is expected in the coming weeks.
The change, which is targeted to take effect on November 1, this year, would require cargo claiming and pre-payment only from importers and exporters who are still using older, more polluting trucks to move cargo that do not meet 2007 emission standards. Most cargo (the majority of which is moved with clean trucks or on-dock rail) would be exempt from the requirement.
The tentative agreement is the result of both the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach listening to and working with the large percentage of importers and exporters who are adhering to the Clean Truck Programme. It eliminates a bureaucratic step without slowing down the significant progress that has been made cleaning the air with this programme.