Rule

34-505

Schedule

8709

Subject

Container Definitions and Container Free Time

Effective

October 1, 2022

Issued

August 1, 2022

CELLULAR VESSEL                                                                                                                                              A ship especially designed and arranged for the carriage of containers. Holds or cells are arranged so that the containers are lowered and stowed in a vertical line and restrained at all four corners by vertical posts.

CELL-TO-CELL RESTOW
The handling of a container from the original cell location to another cell location on the same vessel, as instructed by the ocean carrier’s stevedore.

CELL-TO-DOCK-TO-CELL RESTOW
The handling of a container from the original cell location to a point of rest on the dock and then back to that same cell location, or another cell location on the same vessel as instructed by the ocean carrier’s stevedore.

CELL-TO-YARD RESTOW   The handling of a container from the original cell location to a point of rest in the Container Yard and then back to the same vessel as instructed by the ocean carrier’s stevedore.

CHASSIS
A wheeled device specifically designed to be attached to the underframe of a container by means of ISO corner fittings for the express purpose of further transport between various inland points.

CONTAINER
A 20, 40, or 45 foot box made of aluminum, steel, or fiberglass which can be handled interchangeably among trucks, railcar, barges, and ocean-going vessels. Variations are tank containers (for liquids), and rag tops (open topped containers covered by tarpaulin for cargo that sticks above the top of a closed container).

CONTAINER FREIGHT STATION (“CFS”) RELOCATION
The physical movement of a married unit from a point of rest to the CFS warehouse or to a CFS staging area. A CFS relocation includes no other service.

CONTAINER FREIGHT STATION (“CFS”) STAGING
The physical movement of married unit between the CFS warehouse door and an Authority designated area near the same warehouse to facilitate loading/unloading of containers. CFS staging includes no other service.

CONTAINER YARD (CY)
A marshaling yard area for stacked or married containers.

CONTAINER ON FLAT CAR (“COFC”)
Container (without a chassis) on a railroad flat car or stack car.

DEADLINE EQUIPMENT
An empty container or chassis that is not roadworthy or useable for its intended purpose.

DELIVERING
The physical handling of a container, loaded or empty, and/or chassis to an inland carrier from an Authority designated point of rest. Delivering includes no other service.

DEMURRAGE  Fee assessed when a loaded container, ISO tank or out of gauge containerized cargo remains at an Authority terminal after the last day of terminal Free Time.

DIGGING
A charge assessed when a specific unit (chassis or container) is requested by either the chassis pool operator or the ocean carrier, and the Authority must handle other chassis or containers to obtain access to the specifically requested unit number. This charge will be assessed each time a chassis or container is handled during the process of obtaining the specifically requested unit.

DRAYAGE   The charge made for hauling containers or freight on trucks.

EARLY RAIL ARRIVAL
A charge assessed against any loaded export container received via rail carrier, which arrives outside the export receival window. (See Rule 34-475)

ELECTRICAL SERVICE
The provision of an electrical receptacle and electricity for refrigerated and/or tank containers. The Authority is not responsible for repairs to mechanical equipment or electrical failures.

EQUIPMENT BUNDLING/UNBUNDLING
The relocation and physical handling to place one or more pieces of like equipment on top of one another, or to remove one or more pieces of like equipment from another. Bundling/Unbundling includes all associated CY relocations but does not include the securing of said equipment, the supply of chocks or dunnage, or necessary equipment preparation. When this service is provided in connection with a chassis, it may also be called “stacking.”

EQUIPMENT INTERCHANGE FUNCTIONS (“EIF”)
Then receipt and delivery of containers and chassis into and out of the Authority’s gates at terminals utilizing Authority provided terminal operating systems.

EXTRA HANDLING
Any time the Authority has to handle additional cargo of an account in order to either load or make available for loading specific cargo for that account, the applicable handling rate as indicated in this schedule or in any separate agreement, contract, or rate quotation will be assessed. Also whenever cargo has to be re-handled because of specific loading requirements, an additional charge will be assessed based on the greater of either the applicable handling rate or the labor and equipment required.

FLIP
The physical handling of a container, loaded or empty, by Authority personnel with the assistance of the motor carrier driver, from a chassis or flatbed to another chassis or flatbed, or the repositioning of a container, loaded or empty, on the same chassis or flatbed. Flip includes no other service.

FREE TIME
The specified period of time that a loaded container may occupy terminal space assigned to it on Authority property, free of storage charges. The Authority will grant the following Free Time beginning with the first 12:01 AM after a loaded container is unloaded from the transport conveyance:

      INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER (as defined herein)

Import – Seven (7) consecutive calendar days

Export – Nine (9) consecutive calendar days

Transshipped – Ten (10) consecutive calendar days

 

OUT OF GAUGE INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER AND ISO TANK CONTAINER

Import and Export Five consecutive calendar days

 

Exception – All other containers received by the Authority, including but not limited to containers stuffed (loaded) by the Authority at the request of a cargo account, which are out-gated and ultimately exported via terminals other than the Authority’s Garden City Terminal or Ocean Terminal shall be granted no free time other than the day of receipt.

Note: Export receiving window will not open for more than two (2) vessels at one time for vessels in the same service.

GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY RELOCATION
The physical movement of a married unit between the CY and governmental agencies’ location on the same terminal. The relocation to any other area is considered a wheeled relocation.
Governmental Agency Relocation includes no other service.

GROUNDING
The physical handling of a container, loaded or empty, from a chassis, flatbed, or other conveyance to a point of rest. Grounding includes no other service.

HANDLING 

The service of facilitating or physically moving, receiving, or delivering cargo between a point of rest and any location on the terminal facility, other than the ship’s tackle.

INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER
A container that has had or will have a prior or subsequent waterborne move via the Authority’s terminals.

MARRIED UNIT
A container on a chassis.

MOUNTING
The physical handling of a container, loaded or empty, from the point of rest to a chassis or flatbed.

NON-CELLULAR VESSEL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A ship fitted for the carriage of containers that are provided with a system other than cells by which containers are positioned, i.e., sowed and secured.

NON-CONTRACT CONSOLIDATED RATE
A Charge assessed against a non-contract ocean carrier’s container or chassis, loaded or empty. The charge is assessed when the non-contract ocean carrier is not subject to or privileged to operate under the terms and conditions of an Authority contract, license, or rate quote. The consolidated rate covers dockage, container crane rental, handling equipment during vessel operations, receiving and delivering to/from container stacks during vessel operations, stevedore use fee, and wharfage.

NON-VESSEL CONTAINER
Any container which has not nor will not have a prior or subsequent vessel move via the Authority’s terminals. More specifically as follows:

Domestic – A container that has both an origin and destination within the United States, and has transited Authority terminals, but never with the intent of loading a vessel.

Landbridged – A container that has either been imported or will be exported via a terminal other than those of the Authority. Inclusive among these Non-Vessel Containers are those stuffed (loaded) by the Authority, but which are exported via some other terminal.

Non-vessel containers shall be subject to the Non-Vessel Terminal Use charge (see definition for this charge in this same rule).

NON-VESSEL MOVE TERMINAL USE CHARGE
A charge assessed against a container that has not had or will not have an immediate prior or subsequent vessel move via the Authority’s terminals. This assessment covers the arrival/receival
into the terminal, as well as the delivery/departure from the terminal. An example is when a container is received for export, but in lieu of loading a vessel at the Authority is instead out-gated to return to a shipper/exporter or for delivery to some other Port. Another example if when an empty container is out-gated from the Garden City Terminal for drayage to Ocean Terminal, where the container is stuffed (loaded) with cargo and then returns to the Garden City Terminal for export.

POINT OF REST
The area designated by the Authority for the express purpose of receiving or delivering containers, chassis, and/or married units.

RECEIVING
The physical handling of a container, loaded or empty, and/or chassis from an inland carrier to an Authority designated point of rest. Receiving includes no other services.

REFRIGERATED CONTAINER FACILITATION FEE
A charge for the necessary terminal positioning by the Authority of operating refrigerated containers, either loaded or empty. The charge also includes any empty refrigerated container which is prepared (tested, inspected, mated to an over-the-road portable power source, or washed by 3rd-party vendors) for loading or dispatch off Authority premises. Transshipped containers will not be assessed this fee.

SEAL CHANGE
The provision, installation, and documentation of a security seal to the rear doors of a container. This service includes the removal of the previous seal and documentation of said removal.

SECURITY/SAFETY RELOCATION
The physical movement of a married container, an empty chassis, or a bundle of chassis between a point on Authority property (other than the point of rest) and the point of rest, to relieve terminal congestion or to improve terminal safety and security. Security/Safety Relocation includes no other service.

SEGREGATION FOR INSPECTION
The physical handling of a dry or refrigerated container from one stack/ bay location to another stack/bay location, or from stack to chassis, for inspection. Inspection types include but are not limited to: government agency, M & R (maintenance and repair), and marine surveyors. The charge for this service will be assessed twice unless the container being inspected is not returned to a stack location.

STACK
A point of rest for containers without chassis.

STACK RELOCATION
The physical handling of a container from one stack/bay location to another stack/bay location. Examples include, but are not limited to, vessel or POD rolls if the container is physically handled.
Stack relocation includes no other service.

SUPPLEMENTAL RAIL LIFT  A charge assessed against any loaded export container received via rail carriers without proper pre-advice information (see Rule 34-490).

TANK CONTAINER  An intermodal container for the transport of liquids, gases and powders as bulk cargo. The tank container is built to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards.

TERMINAL STORAGE
A charge assessed against an empty container, a chassis, or married unit for the use of Authority facilities for specified periods of time.

TRAILER ON FLAT CAR (“TOFC”)
Married unit, empty chassis or bundle of chassis on a railroad flatcar.

TRANSFER
The physical handling of a container, loaded or empty, by Authority personnel only, from a chassis or flatbed to another chassis or flatbed; or the repositioning of a container, loaded or empty, on the same chassis or flatbed. A transfer includes no other service.

TRANSHIPPED CONTAINER
A loaded container originating at one foreign port and destined to another foreign port, which discharges from an inbound vessel and loads out to an outbound vessel no more than twenty-one (21) consecutive days later at the Authority’s Garden City Terminal.

WEIGHING
The provision of truck scales suitable for determining the weight of containers, loaded or empty, chassis, and/or power units. This service includes on-terminal relocation, mounting, or grounding, if necessary.

WHEELED RELOCATION
The physical movement of a married unit, an empty chassis, or a bundle of chassis from one point of rest on the terminal to another point of rest on the same terminal. This service includes movements within the same area, from/to another berth area, from/to reefer receptacles, and from/to on-terminal chassis pools.