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 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.
Direct ChassisLink.
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.