Creation of a centrally managed chassis pool at the Port of New York and New Jersey is awaiting an agreement on labor issues involving International Longshoremen’s Association jurisdiction over maintenance and repair.
Port interests have been working since early 2014 to create the “gray” pool, which would allow truckers to pick up or return chassis at any point served by the three lessors that control most of the 30,000 chassis in the East Coast’s largest port.
TRAC Intermodal, Direct ChassisLink Inc. and Flexi-Van Leasing operate competing pools at the port. Because the pools don’t share equipment, truckers often must make an extra stop to switch chassis between hauls for different customers. The wasted motion adds to costs and congestion at port terminals.
A centrally managed pool with “interoperability” of chassis was among top recommendations of a port performance task force’s 2014 report. An industry-wide Council on Port Performance has been working for more than a year to implement the task force recommendations.