NYK Line (North America) said, effective March 1, it will no longer provide chassis in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Front Royal, Va., continuing a process that it started in some other markets.
“The change is designed to build efficiencies while minimizing the environmental impact of having a large number of chassis that are used intermittently and have to be stored and moved,” the Japanese carrier said. “NYK Line believes that this policy change will not only lower total cost but will also build greater flexibility for the trucker, minimizing inefficiencies in the performance of their daily work. In addition, the policy change will have an immediate impact on terminal congestion reducing turn time and ultimately providing a better product for the customer.
NYK said timing of further extensions of the policy will be announced as the program evolves.
The Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA), an association of 19 liner companies, published a frequently updated table
that outlines plans by carriers to change chassis provisioning policies at various ports around the country. - Chris Dupin