The number of 20-foot containers available to handle U.S. exports in Kansas City in the week of July 3 totaled 216 containers, the third consecutive week more than 200 boxes have been available, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report.
The report has projected available container capacity at the key inland location for the past 11 weeks, although this is the longest stretch over that time that more than 100 containers have been available.
Fewer than 90 containers have been available in six of the past 11 weeks. The USDA expects to triple-digit container availability to continue in Kansas City at least for the next two weeks, with TEU counts eventually reaching more than 300.
Carrier data used in the report indicates that seven 40-foot containers will be needed this week but aren't available at this location. There had been a significant surplus of TEUs available in Kansas City this year through the first week in June. Three out of the four weeks since then have shown a lack of availability when 40-foot containers were needed.
“Among the reported inland locations, Dallas, Chicago, Memphis and Cincinnati are expected to have the most containers available over the next three weeks,” the USDA said in its release. The full report of all locations can be found at www.ams.usda.gov/oscar.