Home > All Mercertown Blog Posts, Clean Truck Program/CARB > NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW RULES IN CA. PORTS


We have all been discussing the actions that the Port of Long Beach, and the Port of Los Angeles were planning to take after the new year.  Well my friends, that time has arrived.  As we speak, we only have roughly 20-25% of our fleet that is compliant to enter those ports.  Trucks with engines that are 2003 or older with out the modification, are not welcome, and no exceptions are going to be made.

We obviously move a large amount of containers out of these ports, and a lot of you rely on cans to get you out of California.  I know that many of you are considering purchasing new equipment, so you will be compliant to go into the port.  Some of you have already bought new units that have 2004-2006 engines in them, and they will only be compliant for the next two years.  After 2012, the new standard will be 2007 engines.  If you are considering upgrading, I think you should wait.

The problem I see in 2012, is a rule that these two ports have disagreed with to this point.  Listen carefully here.  In 2012, all trucks entering these ports, have to be owned, and maintained by the Licensed Motor Carrier (Mercer).  That means that only company trucks are allowed into the port, which we have none of.  So even if you upgrade to a newer truck, it still may not be allowed into the port after 2012.  Like I say though, the two ports have argued about this rule, and I think that if any rule is changed, this is the one.

What do we do?  Over the past several weeks,  we have been in communication with drayage companies, and flip yards to move our containers to their facility, and load them on to our equipment.  I have to be pretty vague about this, because we are still working on it, and nothing is concrete yet.  I will be able to update you all when we agree on a plan.  I assure you though, that we will take some action to continue to load you with containers out of California.  For those that are running compliant trucks, go to California and help us out with some freight.  It’s there for the taking!

  1. tom casey
    January 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Redem trucking phone no.626 627 4694 contact mat rivas .I spoke to mr.rivas at camp pendelton on 12/30/09 he told me he would love to be of service to mercer an would be faster @ be competive in price that is all his company does is work the ca. Ports

    • Jason Schaftlein
      January 5, 2010 at 8:05 am

      Thanks Tom. We have four or five good leads right now, but I will mention this one.

  2. Kim Blanchet
    January 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I saw today on the contractor web a load which was posted from Long Beach going to Columbus, OH that was to pick up on1/5/10. In the comments section, it was stated that the tractor had to be a 2003 or newer to load there. You stated above that tractors 2003 & older cannot load. There definitely needs to be some clarification between Mercer and the agents as to which category the 2003 tractors fall in. Can they load there or not? Please claify.

  3. Jason Schaftlein
    January 5, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I will make sure that we get it fixed today. Thanks Kim.

  4. Jason Schaftlein
    January 5, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Please note that I stated that 2003 or older ENGINES are not allowed. Some have 2004 tractors, but still have 2003 engines in them, and they are banned.

  5. Ron Baker
    January 6, 2010 at 11:02 am

    The other day I was offered a load out of the HIT office with the final destination being Long Beach, CA. My truck is a 2001 model. There should be a filter in the dispatch system to offer those kinds of loads only to qualified trucks.

    • Jason Schaftlein
      January 6, 2010 at 11:37 am

      I agree Ron. It is easier said than done. The rules in the port apply to the year of your engine, not your tractor. So your engine has to be 2004 or newer. There may be tractors out there that are 2004 models, with 2003 engines. Or someone may have a 2006 engine in their 2002 tractor. It would be difficult to set up a filter for this in the computer, because there would just be too many variables. Not saying that we won’t be able to do it, but it will be tough.

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