INDUSTRY EXPERTS AGREE: WE ARE THE MODEL CHASSIS POOL
In a June JOC article, Bill Rooney, vice president of strategic development at Kuehne + Nagel and former president of Hanjin America, said the chassis utility model would be based on the full interoperability of chassis, which would save money for shippers and truckers while setting compensatory rates for equipment operators who contribute chassis to the grey pool. The inability to ensure the availability and roadability of chassis has prompted a former carrier executive to propose a “utility” arrangement in which the port or hub operator would set prices and ensure adequate supply.
The closest existing model to what Rooney suggested is run by the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). John Reinhart, VPA executive director, says having all port users on board with the pool gives the Virginia ports a “competitive advantage” on the East Coast.