CHASSIS SURCHARGE ANALOGY IS "OFF BASE"

CHASSIS SURCHARGE ANALOGY IS "OFF BASE"

I read the article regarding the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement's latest 'idea' about charging a chassis fee. The analogy used by an unnamed former shipping executive that 'providing a chassis is like placing a large order with a manufacturer and asking him to store it' is off base. The chassis charge is more an-alogous to going to your local supermarket and being charged for the use of a shopping cart. Furthermore, their earlier announcement regarding documentation fee is like being charged for going through the checkout at the same store. The is just another of a variety of reasons antitrust immunity for the carriers needs to be repealed. By the way, you may want to remind the former executive that many companies do exactly what he is talking about -- namely manufacturing for a particular client and then holding the product until its required. It's called JIT.

Dan Wolf Manager, global logistics and compliance Grace Performance Chemicals Cambridge, Mass.Correction

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