The port's truck turn-time and dual-transaction incentive programmes offer two ways to earn financial rewards. First, for shortening the time it takes to process trucks dropping off and picking up cargo, and the other for trucks handling both transactions in the same trip.
Terminals that improve truck turn times by five to 20 per cent can earn between US$0.50 and $2.75 per loaded or empty TEU.
If a terminal averages turn times of 35 minutes or less in a given month, it'll earn the top rate of $3 per loaded container.
Terminals can also earn between $0.40 and $1.40 per loaded TEU when at least half of all trucks calling their facilities drop off one container and depart with another on the same trip.
'These best practices are needed now more than ever to relieve pressure on the supply chain due to the ongoing surge,' said port executive director Gene Seroka.
'Ports are more fluid when trucks move quickly in and out of the gates and more productive when a truck delivers one container and leaves with another in a single trip. We're going to reward terminals for better performance,' said Mr Seroka.
Imports have recently dominated the flow of cargo, draining the market of containers needed for exports.
The imbalance has also reduced the number of chassis in circulation, caused inbound containers to stack up, and slowed the movement of trucks.