Storage on Empty Containers


April 1, 2024


February 8, 2024


The Authority will assess an Empty Container Terminal Storage charge for each empty container that exceeds the Allowable Empty Container inventory for the monthly reporting period. The Allowable Empty Container inventory for the monthly reporting period is computed as follows:

Step 1      Calculate the weekly average. The weekly average is calculated using the number of loaded and empty containers that have  transferred via railcar from the  Appalachian Regional Port (ARP) to Garden City Terminal (GCT) within the last three (3) months prior to the current billing period.


Step 2      Multiply the weekly average, as calculated in Step 1, by the number of days in the current billable month. That number is then multiplied by a factor of .75 and the total will equal the Allowable Empty Container Inventory Total. The Authority will compare the number of empty containers allowed to the actual cumulative empty containers on the terminal for that month. If for the reporting period, the actual cumulative empty container inventory exceeds the Allowable Empty Container inventory, the  difference will be assessed the empty container terminal storage charge in  MTOS 11 (ARP) Rule 34-210.


Note 1: If an ocean carrier exceeds its  Allowable Empty Container total by more than ten (10) percent, the Authority reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to immediately remove empty containers either pursuant to MTOS 11 (ARP) Rule 34-035, or to an off-site location  and assess a Handling rate of $131.00, per container and a Daily Storage rate of $6.25, per container, per day in lieu of the empty container terminal storage charge listed in MTOS 11 (ARP) Rule 34-210. The empty containers will be relocated at the expense and risk of the ocean carrier.

Note 2: The Authority, at its sole discretion, will select the off-terminal storage facility, which shall be less than one (1) mile from the ARP Terminal, or reserve the right to deny the entry of empty containers into its terminal.  The Authority shall not be responsible for any charges, fines, citations, or other liabilities as a result of hauling empty containers. For operating efficiencies, the Authority will not be required to dig for a specific container number stored at the off-terminal storage facilities. The first available container will be provided for subsequent removal from the storage facility. 

Note 3: The empty container terminal storage charge will be calculated and invoiced monthly to the ocean carrier or its agent. If the Authority implements a container storage rate increase while the container is on the terminal, the entire storage period will be calculated using the increased storage rate.