Direct Chassis Link Adds Kansas City

Direct Chassis Link Adds Kansas City

Direct ChassisLink, Maersk Line’s chassis rental business, is adding Kansas City as a start-stop location to its chassis program in the Midwest. 

DCLI will offer chassis for use at the BNSF Railway ramp to drayage companies at container yards and railroads, starting June 1.

DCLI rents chassis to some 40,000 drayage companies in the Northeast, Southeast, Gulf, Pacific Northwest, Ohio Valley and Chicago/Midwest and the Pacific Southwest areas. 

The chassis rental business is ballooning as container shipping lines get out of the business of providing chassis as part of their service to shippers at ports around the U.S., a process expected to take another year to complete.

The addition of Kansas City will increase the DCLI fleet available to draymen to more than 60,000 chassis located in more than 150 locations. 

A drayage company may be able to utilize the same DCLI chassis multiple times in one day for any combination of ocean carrier moves for a single charge in instances where it is operationally feasible. Upon return to one of the designated locations, the daily usage fee will stop on the chassis. 

An invoice for the calendar days from gate-out to gate-in is invoiced directly to the draymen. Drayage companies must have a valid DCLI interchange agreement in place to take full advantage of the program. 

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