Insights - March/April 2018 - 20

Chassis Market Changes Focus
on Pools, Efficiency
Editor's note: This is the first of two articles about the progress and evolution in the chassis market.
The second article, in the May/June issue, will focus on what's being done to enhance the chassis market.

I

t's been a busy five years since the far-reaching Transportation Research Board report
about the intermodal chassis market was released. The report benchmarked how the
equipment is provided, managed and maintained.

Since its 2012 publication, the transition away from ocean
carrier chassis ownership is all but complete. Though statistics
are scarce, there is ample anecdotal evidence that the roadable
chassis fleet as a whole is newer, larger, in better condition and
better utilized as older, lower quality equipment is being retired.
Statistics maintained by IANA on the safety condition of chassis,
based on FMCSA data, have shown a positive trend over the last
few years in the safety performance of the equipment.
The TRB report's assessments about the evolution of pools,
terminal activities and customer expectations have turned out
to be consistent with developments.
"Chassis models in the U.S. will likely continue to evolve
toward pooling in the short to medium term as there is general
20 Intermodal Insights | March/April 2018

stakeholder consensus that there are efficiency benefits to the
supply of chassis from pools in one form or another," the report
said. "Most ocean carriers will likely continue to want to divest
their role in chassis supply and eventually exit the chassis business altogether."
"BCOs will continue to want adequate chassis supply and
terms that are in line with their logistics operations," the TRB
report predicted. "Terminals may prefer to minimize on-terminal
chassis storage to what is necessary for efficiency in order
to maximize their terminal capacity for container storage and
operations."
Chassis pools have evolved in multiple locations, with different participants and organizational structures, amid a broad



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - March/April 2018

IANA News
Washington Begins Work on Infrastructure
Equipment Condition, DVIRs Benefit Terminal Throughput
Effective Steps Can Be Taken When Terminal Capacity Is Tight
Freight Report
Chassis Market Changes Focus on Pools, Efficiency
Blockchain Presented as Option to Aid Intermodal Information Flow
Buying Decisions, Truck and Real Estate Costs Transform Transloads
Gender Diversity Makes Good Business Sense
Government News
International Intermodal News
Intermodal Information Services News
New Members
People News
Intermodal Calendar
Insights - March/April 2018 - Cover1
Insights - March/April 2018 - 2
Insights - March/April 2018 - 3
Insights - March/April 2018 - IANA News
Insights - March/April 2018 - Washington Begins Work on Infrastructure
Insights - March/April 2018 - 6
Insights - March/April 2018 - 7
Insights - March/April 2018 - 8
Insights - March/April 2018 - 9
Insights - March/April 2018 - 10
Insights - March/April 2018 - Equipment Condition, DVIRs Benefit Terminal Throughput
Insights - March/April 2018 - 12
Insights - March/April 2018 - 13
Insights - March/April 2018 - 14
Insights - March/April 2018 - Effective Steps Can Be Taken When Terminal Capacity Is Tight
Insights - March/April 2018 - 16
Insights - March/April 2018 - 17
Insights - March/April 2018 - 18
Insights - March/April 2018 - Freight Report
Insights - March/April 2018 - Chassis Market Changes Focus on Pools, Efficiency
Insights - March/April 2018 - 21
Insights - March/April 2018 - 22
Insights - March/April 2018 - Blockchain Presented as Option to Aid Intermodal Information Flow
Insights - March/April 2018 - 24
Insights - March/April 2018 - 25
Insights - March/April 2018 - 26
Insights - March/April 2018 - Buying Decisions, Truck and Real Estate Costs Transform Transloads
Insights - March/April 2018 - 28
Insights - March/April 2018 - Gender Diversity Makes Good Business Sense
Insights - March/April 2018 - Government News
Insights - March/April 2018 - 31
Insights - March/April 2018 - 32
Insights - March/April 2018 - International Intermodal News
Insights - March/April 2018 - 34
Insights - March/April 2018 - Intermodal Information Services News
Insights - March/April 2018 - New Members
Insights - March/April 2018 - 37
Insights - March/April 2018 - 38
Insights - March/April 2018 - Intermodal Calendar
Insights - March/April 2018 - 40
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