Last week many inland locations experienced higher than expected rail volume and greater than planned chassis demand. Combined with severe winter weather, longer than normal equipment repair times and longer than normal-street dwell times, chassis supply in many inland locations is very tight.
TRAC provided a status of chassis supply in the locations described below. Please note TRAC anticipates inland volume at several locations declining this week which may help improve chassis supply.
- Chicago: Rail volume at all Chicago locations has increased. Most rail ramps have adequate chassis to support the increased demand with the exception of CN Harvey. TRAC is providing bare chassis at alternative locations to serve CN Harvey.
- Joliet: High rail volume at both UP and BNSF. Based on demand forecasts TRAC expects volume to decline and chassis supply to improve this week.
- Columbus: Experiencing longer than normal street-dwell times negatively affecting supply. Chassis supply is tight. TRAC requests ocean carriers to contact customers to encourage reducing street-dwell time.
- Cleveland: TRAC reports no issues, normal supply/demand fluctuations.