Direct ChassisLink (DCLI) will expand its chassis program to the Gulf and the Pacific Northwest port areas effective June 1, 2010. Locations will include Houston, New Orleans and Mobile as well as Portland and Seattle. DCLI will offer chassis for use in these market areas to drayage companies at marine terminals, container yards and railroads, expanding the current program from the Northeast, Ohio Valley and Chicago/Midwest areas. Drayage companies, customers and terminal operators in this expanded area will have a truly neutral chassis alternative providing them with the potential for greater operational efficiency, improved transport safety and a reduced environmental footprint. Chassis that originate from any of the port marine, local area rail or container yard (CY) terminals will be subject to the DCLI model starting June 1. Drayage companies must have a valid DCLI interchange agreement in place in order to take full advantage of the program.
“The DCLI chassis’ true neutrality, being 100% compatible with any ocean carriers containers, promotes more efficient operations and translates into fewer trips to get and drop chassis, less searching for good order chassis and less delay. It allows trucking firms to concentrate on their core business rather than on chassis availability,” said Direct ChassisLink Vice President Andy Chinigo. “Over 1000 truckers are currently participating in the program in the northeast, Ohio Valley and Midwest regions with great success. Less time swapping chassis means more time servicing their customers, reduced fuel costs resulting in a direct and immediate benefit from this program.”
A drayage company may utilize the same DCLI chassis multiple times in one day for any ocean carrier’s or other container moves for a single charge. Upon return to one of the designated locations, the daily usage fee will stop on the chassis. An invoice for the calendar days from gate out to gate in will then be invoiced directly to the draymen. A valid DCLI interchange agreement is necessary for the chassis regardless of the ocean carrier’s equipment.
The DCLI website, www.chassislink.com, contains information regarding the chassis interchange agreement, credit application, daily usage rates, start/stop locations, emergency road service reimbursement policy, local and corporate contacts, and facility/terminal and port information.
The fourth phase of the program will increase the DCLI fleet available to draymen to over 20,000 chassis.