Two of California’s major ports will begin imposing fines on shipping companies for too long, as supply chain woes persist.

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According to NBC Los Angeles, Los Angeles and Long Beach port officials announced fines on Monday to encourage shipping companies to get their containers ahead of time. Containers earmarked for carriage by truck will be allowed to move around for nine days before the fee is collected, while containers set for carriage by rail will have three.

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Penalties for companies will start at a rate of $100 per container per day spent in excess of the limit. This policy will be effective from 1st November. About 40 percent of all shipping containers entering the US pass through the port of Los Angeles or Long Beach.

“The terminals are running out of space, and this will make room for containers sitting at anchor on those ships,” Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach, said in the statement.

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Traffic jams of shipping ships and containers at these largest ports on the west coast have contributed to delays in the country’s supply chain. The fine is only the latest in a string of tactics employed to make traffic run more smoothly.

President Joe Biden and his administration struck an agreement with the Port of Los Angeles earlier in the month to keep the shipyard operating 24/7 while the backlog persists.

“With the holidays approaching, you may be wondering if your plans to buy gifts will come through on time,” Biden said in a statement. “We have some great news today: We’re going to help accelerate the delivery of goods across the United States.

The Union Pacific Railroad Company has also committed to a round-the-clock schedule by October 17 to keep cargo moving continuously.

“It expands the reach for customers to move goods in and out of [the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility] to support the recent move to operate 24/7 at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach from early Sunday morning and late Sunday through Monday morning,” Union Pacific spokeswoman Kristen South told newsweek.

“This commitment from the railroad is the latest step towards a 24/7 supply chain,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

The backlog of shipping vessels and containers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has become so dire that back-to-back records have recently been broken. On 19 October, 100 ships were anchored while they waited to enter one of the most ports in history. It broke the all-time record of 97 ships, which was set in September. Before the pandemic, ports saw an average of 17 ships at anchor at any one time.