July 19, 2010

Two more shipping lines won’t provide chassis

Port drivers wait in line every day to pick up and gain approval to use container chassis owned by major worldwide shipping lines.

However, the list of ocean carriers getting out of the chassis business altogether is continuing to grow.

Late last week, shipping giants NYK Line and Evergreen announced they would stop providing chassis for cargo container units in the U.S. – effectively requiring truck owners to rent or own their own chassis. The announcements came in the weeks after similar news from shipping giants CMA CGM and OOCL.

NYK plans to stop providing chassis in Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh by Aug. 1, and will stop doing so in Oakland and other ports by September.

Evergreen said it will stop providing chassis in Boston by Aug. 15.