There were 294 40-foot containers available to handle U.S. exports in Kansas City in the week of Sept. 18, more than double the 138 FEUs available at this inland location last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report.
The past three weeks have seen week-to-week increases in FEUs available, and Kansas City has had a surplus of FEUs since early July. OSCAR’s report projects available container capacity at the key inland location will continue to increase, predicting 318 FEUs available for next week and 364 available the following week.
Carrier data used in the report indicates that 129 20-foot containers will be available this week in Kansas City, the eighth consecutive week of surpluses, but the first week-to-week increase following four weeks of declines in TEUs.
“Among the reported inland locations, Dallas, Chicago, Memphis, and Columbus 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.