BOSTON, Mass. — In an effort to improve operational efficiencies, free-up terminal space, reduce pollution, allow truckers quicker turnaround times and for its customers, Evergreen Line will begin to phase out providing chassis for import and export cargo commencing Aug. 15 in Boston, Mass.
The US is the only country where ocean carriers provide chassis, Evergreen Line said in a statement, and it is neither efficient nor economical to continue to do so.
“Burgeoning world trade is impacting valuable waterfront terminal space and projected growth of commerce makes the ongoing storage of chassis no longer viable. Limited expansion real estate availability mandates that chassis can no longer be maintained by the shipping companies,” said officials in the statement.
“Drayage companies and owner/operators are fully qualified to manage and maintain chassis fleets with greater ease and cost-effectiveness, while providing the same standard level of service to the importers and exporters.”
Evergreen says it expects the move will also save hours for truckers, reduce turnaround times, save fuel, significantly reduce air pollution (CO2 and NOx emissions) and will have a greater positive impact on the environment.
The program will start in the Boston area and will gradually expand to other areas within the US.