New Chicago Chassis Depot Expected to Bring Relief For Local Container Exporters

This article has been reprinted from the USDA Aug. 8 Grain Transportation Report.

DNJ Intermodal (DNJ) announced the opening of a new chassis depot near the Canadian Pacific Railway’s (CP) Bensenville Terminal near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Because CP’s Bensenville terminal stores containers on the ground instead of on chassis, truckers must pick up a chassis before getting a container.

The new depot offers chassis from three providers: (1) the Consolidated Chassis Management’s (CCM's) cooperative Chicago and Ohio pool, (2) TRAC Intermodal-Hapag Lloyd, and (3) the North American Chassis Pool Cooperative.

According to DNJ, “The move is a welcome relief for a market with chronic chassis shortages due to the huge volume of containers moving through the city.”

Most U.S. containerized grain exports originate in the Chicago region.