Direct ChassisLink Inc.

Direct ChassisLink Inc.

 

Based in Charlotte, NC, Direct ChassisLink maintains and repairs containers, chassis and refrigeration unit generator sets (gensets) for ocean carriers, motor carriers, beneficial cargo owners, domestic shippers and NVOCCs (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers). With over 450 locations on or near key port facilities and intermodal hubs throughout the U.S., DCLI owned or managed more than 230,000 marine and domestic chassis in 2018-9, when DCLI became the largest provider of intermodal equipment in the industry.

For ocean carriers, DCLI provides access to a full range of high-quality equipment that is continually updated. DCLI’s technology, which ensures that the right number of chassis are in the right place within the timeframe required by customers, also delivers accurate billing, customized reporting and chassis-centric detail consistent with customer contracts. For drayage motor carriers, DCLI provides access to a dependable fleet of well-maintained chassis equipment, and creative pricing and billing options that align with customers’ needs. For NVOCCs, DCLI provides well-maintained chassis, and access to accurate tracking information. For domestic US shippers, DCLI provides 100 Start/Stop locations on Class 1 railroads; customized reports to help manage their business; personalized account management; and accurate invoicing with chassis-centric detail.

According to DCLI, its customers improve their cash flow through shorter billing cycles, and benefit from a discounted pricing structure, based on their volumes. DCLI also has the ability to invoice certain moves to either the ocean carrier or the motor carrier as directed. This process allows for move identification before out-gate to ensure proper billing designation.

13 May 2021
Land use has been a problem as imports have surged across top US ports, causing issues on how to balance space to devote to inbound and outbound containers in key interior cities.
13 May 2021
The US Commerce Department has reaffirmed a large antidumping duty on Chinese-made chassis in a final determination that will impact the transportation of international and domestic containers.
13 Apr 2021
A US International Trade Commission vote Tuesday clears the way for a countervailing duty on Chinese chassis and is likely to open the door to tripling the cost of chassis to importers, exporters, truckers, and chassis providers.
17 Mar 2021
The Commerce Department will push ahead with an anti-dumping duty on Chinese-built marine chassis, which would raise prices on equipment at a time when there are dislocations and shortages in several US ports and rail hubs.
08 Mar 2021
A chassis shortage has slowed the supply chain since storms hit Texas nearly three weeks ago, and it could be another couple weeks before cargo slows return to normal.
11 Jan 2021
DCLI ran out of chassis last week in Chicago, and cargo owners are frustrated because Union Pacific will not release their containers to draymen with trucker-owned chassis.
07 Jan 2021
The chassis network on the East Coast has held up during the recent import surge due to better communication and data, and more reliable equipment.
24 Dec 2020
After battling a huge surge in container traffic and labor shortages in rail yards, drayage, and receiver docks during the second half of 2020, US chassis providers are expanding their fleets.
06 Oct 2020
DCLI is ending contracts with NVOCCs because it believes truckers are better partners in the merchant haulage business, but other chassis providers will not follow suit and plan to keep conducting business with everyone.
21 Sep 2020
Lawyers representing ocean carriers, OCEMA, and CCM have asked the FMC to dismiss ATA’s complaint into chassis, arguing the regulatory body lacks jurisdiction and only cargo owners can bring such a case.
13 Mar 2020
DCLI has invested $80 million in upgrading chassis, including going to all-radial tires in Memphis and the Gulf Coast, a major benefit of controlling its own equipment rather than outsourcing to a cooperative, the company said.
DCLI to leave Chicago cooperative chassis pool
20 Feb 2020
DirectChassis Link, one of the three largest US chassis providers, will be exiting the Chicago cooperative chassis pool this year, a blow to those who envision a market in which any chassis can be used on any container.
Apollo closes DCLI-Blume deal
16 Apr 2019
Pervinder Johar, CEO of visibility provider Blume Global, says investment from new owner Apollo Funds is “foundational” to the next stage in the company’s growth.
Memphis chassis grey pool plan crumbles
05 Mar 2019
A coalition of BCOs, truckers, and railroads believe an interoperable pool would give shippers a backstop if any single provider ran out of chassis.
Difficult solutions to US chassis chaos emerge
06 Feb 2019
Beneficial cargo owners pay the price when there is a chassis shortage, so what are the options to address these chronic issues? Each idea has some pros and cons for shippers.
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26 Feb 2018
Acknowledging chassis dislocation in Chicago this winter due to train delays, the company plans to move up to 1,600 chassis from the south Atlantic and Northeast to compensate.
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15 Feb 2018
Intermodal equipment provider Direct ChassisLink Inc.’s (DCLI's) Digital DCLI initiative seeks to leverage the company’s REZ-1 technology for myriad supply chain improvements, in a three-year effort that goes far beyond basic chassis supply.
Deal makes DCLI largest US chassis provider
12 Jan 2018
DCLI now owns, leases, or manages approximately 136,000 marine chassis, as well as approximately 80,000 domestic chassis, for a total of more than 216,000 units.
DCLI launches gensets pools in NY-NJ, Savannah
24 Oct 2017
The move is in response to signs that carriers are moving away from providing gensets.
01 Jun 2017
Ron Joseph, DCLI senior vice president and chief operating officer, discussed the newest updates to their chassis fleet with JOC.com. Higher quality equipment, specifically converting to radial tires and LED lights, will improve safety for drivers and provide fuel savings and sustainability benefits to the shippers, he said.
01 Mar 2017
Direct ChassisLink Inc. has acquired the 11,000-unit chassis fleet of NYK Line (North America) that now operates in pools managed by Consolidated Chassis Management and its affiliates and in the Hampton Roads Chassis Pool.