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APL is discounting the cost of shipping by $100 per container for merchant haulers who pick up their containers within eight days at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Most cargo arriving on Guam and the CNMI come from those two ports. And that $100 discount is for daytime pick up on weekdays. If you pick up the container on nights or the weekend, you’ll get a $200 discount.

The following information comes from CMA-CGM, parent company to APL, which is one of two shippers servicing the Mariana Islands:

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, will implement an Early Container Pickup Incentive Program at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It will be effective on December 1st and continue for 90 days, in an effort to improve the fluidity of the largest import gateway in the United States.

Ports in southern California are suffering from severe congestion, and freight movement has been dramatically slowed across all modes of transport, leading to exceptionally long container dwell times.

An incentive to help CMA CGM customers offset costs incurred by supply chain tensions

The incentive will be provided to the importers that pick up their containers via merchant haulage from all the terminals in Los Angeles and Long Beach in the first eight days, with the intent that they will use it to offset costs incurred by tensions on their supply chains. The incentive will be:

  • 100 USD per container for daytime pickup from Monday to Friday;
  • 200 USD per container at night and on weekends.

CMA CGM’s commitment could exceed 22 million dollars over 90 days.

Additionally, CMA CGM will financially support the Fenix Marine Services terminal in expanding their hours of operation so that containers can be picked up day and night 7 days per week.

A full range of solutions deployed in the U.S. to meet consumer demand

With a thriving global economy, the shipping industry has experienced an unprecedented spike in demand throughout North America, leading to an increased pressure on capacity and ports. CMA CGM added 14 extra loaders and increased the number of available chassis by five times since the beginning of the pandemic. The Group is also deploying a full range of solutions to meet the demand, including an increase in capacity up to 16% to and from the United States in the coming months.

CMA CGM leads the industry in delivering end-to-end customer solutions with an extensive logistics footprint that includes not only integrated cargo capabilities but an air cargo fleet as well.

Ed Aldridge, President of CMA CGM and APL North America, stated, “The CMA CGM Group is committed to doing everything we can to assist in improving overall supply chain velocity in southern California. By incentivizing the movement of containers off the terminals and ensuring pickups can be made on nights and weekends at FMS, we will decrease truck turn times and expedite the flow of goods into the United States. This is just one more way we are working with our port partners and the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Task Force to ensure shelves are full and Americans have access to the vital items they need on a daily basis.”



Led by Rodolphe Saadé, the CMA CGM Group, a global leader in shipping and logistics, serves more than 420 ports around the world on five continents. Backed by a fleet of 542 vessels, in 2020 the Group transported nearly 21 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) containers. With its subsidiary CEVA Logistics, a world leader in logistics, which transports 400,000 tons of air freight and 2.8 million tons of land freight each year, and its air freight division CMA CGM AIR CARGO, the CMA CGM Group is continually innovating to offer its customers a complete and increasingly efficient range of new shipping, land, air and logistics solutions.

Committed to the energy transition in shipping, and a pioneer in the use of alternative fuels, the CMA CGM Group has set a target of carbon neutrality by 2050. An approach involving ongoing improvement which brings concrete results, with a decrease of 4% in the total CO₂ emissions of the Group in 2020.

Through the CMA CGM Foundation, every year the Group helps thousands of children through its actions to promote education for all and equal opportunity. The CMA CGM Foundation also acts in humanitarian crises that require an emergency response by mobilizing the Group’s shipping and logistics expertise to bring humanitarian supplies around the world.

Present in 160 countries through its network of more than 400 offices and 750 warehouses, the Group employs more than 110,000 people worldwide, including 2,400 in Marseilles where its head office is located. In the United States, CMA CGM Group, which is headquartered in Norfolk, Va., employs more than 12,000 people. Its subsidiary, American President Lines (APL), operates a fleet of U.S.-flagged vessels and supports U.S. territories and American military stationed around the world.

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