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The California Senate has approved an infrastructure and environmental-mitigation bill that will levy a $30-per-TEU charge on containers moving through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and a $12.50-per-TEU fee on containers moving through the Port of Oakland.
Opponents of the bill, including carrier and shipper organizations and the state of Hawaii, which views it as a tax on its shipments to and from the mainland, must now wait to see if it is signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The governor's signature would cap a three-year effort by sponsor Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, to levy a container fee to fund intermodal infrastructure projects and …