The number of 40-foot containers available for export in Chicago in the week of July 10 was below zero for the fifth consecutive week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report. Carrier data used in the report indicates 1,073 40-foot containers will be needed this week but are not available at this location, the largest deficit since the USDA began reporting container availability exactly one year ago.
During the prior four weeks, unavailability in 40-foot containers had remained in the range of the mid-200s to mid-500s. In its projections for the next two weeks, the USDA expects to see an even larger deficit in availability in this area, estimating more than 1,400 FEUs will be unavailable.
There were an estimated 1,874 20-foot containers available in Chicago in the week of July 10, 70 more TEUs than were available the week before. TEU availability has been in the quadruple digits for the past 11 weeks.
“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 on the USDA Web site, http://www.ams.usda.gov/oscar.