The CIFFA e-newsletter has warned freight forwarders of a new (unexpected) possible cause for delayed shipments.

Part of the A.P. Moller Container terminal at Port Elizabeth, New Jersey

Winter weather has combined with congestion at terminals and backlogs for repairs to produce chassis shortages at the Port of New York and New Jersey and at Midwest rail terminals.

New York-New Jersey drayage drivers have complained for weeks about tight supplies of chassis at some terminals. Truckers are reluctant to send drivers to congested terminals where they may spend several hours merely returning a chassis. Terminals also have a large backlog of chassis that have been “deadlined” for repairs by International Longshoremen’s Association mechanics. Another contributor to chassis shortages is extended free time for container usage that shippers often negotiate with ocean carriers. Many roadworthy chassis are sitting under containers waiting to be unloaded at distribution centers. Chassis shortages haven’t been limited to marine terminals.

A series of winter storms have slowed deliveries at warehouses across the Midwest and slowed the return of intermodal equipment.

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