APL said it is no longer providing container chassis in Denver and Salt Lake City.
This is the first phase of the Singapore-based container carrier’s plan to withdraw from chassis provisioning throughout the United States. In the future, it said motor carriers will provide chassis as part of their drayage services.
“We have been working diligently to assure that the transition to a different chassis provisioning model is as seamless and as convenient as possible for our customers and their truckers,” said APL Americas President Gene Seroka.
Shipping lines operating in the United States have historically managed chassis fleets, making chassis available to truckers hauling containers. APL said motor carriers are in a better position to efficiently use chassis in their operations.
APL announced earlier this year that it will stop providing chassis at most U.S. inland terminals in 2012. The move will extend elsewhere in the country in 2013.
A summary of announcements by many other container carriers about their plans to end chassis provisioning in various parts of the United States is posted in a table
at the Website of the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association. - Chris Dupin