September 24, 2007 9:30 AM, EDT

SoCal Ports to Mandate TruckTag Use

RFID Enhances Security While Maintaining Cargo Flow

PierPass Inc., which operates the off-peak program at Southern California ports, said the container terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will require trucks to be equipped with TruckTags in order to gain access to the terminals, starting Dec. 1.

Trucks without TruckTags will be processed through exception handling, which could include being denied access or processing, PierPass said.

Trucking companies that have already received tags should install them on their trucks now and register the tag numbers in the eModal TruckerCheck program, which will activate the truck in the system.

The TruckTag program is an effort by marine terminal operators in Los Angeles and Long Beach to meet Homeland Security and Coast Guard security guidelines.

TruckTag uses radio frequency identification, or RFID, technology to meet those requirements without hindering the efficient flow of cargo through the sister ports, the nation’s busiest port complex.

The two adjacent ports together handle more than 40% of U.S. import traffic and 24% of total exports. On average there are more than 180,000 truck deliveries to and from the marine terminals every week, PierPass said.