July 3, 2018
In June of 2018, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) filed an agreement with the port authorities of Georgia and South Carolina in which these parties agreed to form a “Southern States Cooperative Chassis Pool.” This effort is worthy of recognition and support, as it will provide a long-needed expanded chassis pool for the South Atlantic shipping area.
Among the various major objectives of this joint effort, the agreement notes the goal of expanding the size of the chassis pool, establishing new chassis standards, and creating an at-cost per-day model. Those who make use of these ports will enjoy improved safety, while freight will flow through the region in a more efficient manner, to the joint benefit of shippers and trucking firms.
These efforts are entirely in line with the goals of the Coalition for Responsible Transport (CRT). On July 3rd, 2018, CRT’s Executive Director Stephen Cadden submitted a letter to the secretary of the FMC, indicating CRTs full support of the Southern States Cooperative Chassis Pool, and willingness to do anything necessary to ensure the long-term success of this effort.