Direct ChassisLink (DCLI) will expand its chassis program to the Southeast and Gulf inland regions effective September 7, 2010. Locations will include Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, Hidalgo, Laredo, San Antonio, Atlanta, Dalton, Charlotte, Memphis, Nashville, Huntsville, Jacksonville, and Tampa. DCLI will offer chassis for use in these market areas to drayage companies at container yards (CY) and railroads. Approximately 2000 drayage companies are currently participating in the program in the Southeast, Gulf and Pacific Northwest port areas and the Northeast, Ohio Valley and Chicago/Midwest areas. The sixth phase of the program will increase the DCLI fleet available to draymen to over 38,700 chassis located in over 90 locations. Drayage companies, customers and terminal operators are benefiting from a truly neutral chassis alternative, which is providing them greater operational efficiency, improved transport safety and a reduced environmental footprint.
‘We are very happy with the model’s overall acceptance among draymen where we have already implemented the program. It is exciting and gratifying to see other ocean carriers and chassis leasing companies adopting similar positions. This will increase the scope and opportunities of the environmental, operational, safety and cost benefits for everyone in our industry; draymen, customers, ocean carriers, port authorities, railroads and marine terminals.’ said Direct ChassisLink Vice President Andy Chinigo. ‘Many of them are already reaping benefits from greater Hours of Service efficiency, operational flexibility, faster terminal turn times, increased revenue turns, fuel savings and less equipment wear. As the model’s acceptance among ocean carriers continues to grow, these benefits and others will increase exponentially allowing even greater sharing of efficiencies and savings.’
When operationally feasible, a drayage company may be able to 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 is invoiced directly to the draymen. Drayage companies must have a valid DCLI interchange agreement in place in order to take full advantage of the program.