For the first time since mid-April, there were no 20-foot containers available for export in Kansas City in the week of July 24, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report. Carrier data used in the report indicates one 20-foot container will be needed in Kansas City this week but there are none available at this location.
Availability has declined since the end of June, when there were 308 20-foot containers available in Kansas City. The USDA expects to see 20-foot container availability bounce back in the area over the next two weeks, with 14 containers available in the week to July 31 and 41 the following week.
There were an estimated 64 40-foot containers available in Kansas City in the week of July 24.
Last week, the USDA noted that beginning with this week’s report, the number of participating ocean carriers in OSCAR would fall from eight to five. Hyundai Merchant Marine, OOCL, and "K" Line informed the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement they would no longer contribute to OSCAR. OOCL, however, reconsidered and will continue to provide data, bringing carrier participation to six. The full report of all locations can be found on the USDA Web site, www.ams.usda.gov/oscar.