Port of Houston introduces Import Container Dwell Fees

The Port of Houston is the latest port to introduce long-term container dwell fees on imports at Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals.

Sustained Import Dwell Fee 

Starting December 1st, 2022, the Sustained Import Dwell Fee of $45 ​​​​​per unit per day fee will be assessed on the eighth day after the expiration of free time.  The fee will be charged to the beneficial cargo owner (BCO) in order to release the unit from the terminal.  

The Sustained Import Dwell Fee is additional to any demurrage charges for loaded import containers as per the terminal tariff rules and does not replace those charges. 

Potential Excessive Import Dwell Fee

In addition, the Port of Houston has outlined an Excessive Import Dwell fee that could be applied at the discretion of the Port Director with a 30-day public notice.  This charge would be in effect for at least 60 days, and if implemented, the sustained import dwell fee would not accrue while the Excessive Import Dwell Fee is in effect. 

If applicable and after free time expires, the Excessive Import Dwell Fee would be $50 per unit/day for days 1-3, $75 per unit/day for days 4-7, $100 per unit/day for days 8-13, and $150 per unit/day for days 14 or more.  

View Port of Houston Dwell Fee Notice