This article is taken from the November 9, 2023 USDA Grain Transportation Report.
In August, the North American Chassis Pool Cooperative (NACPC) soft-launched a new chassis pool in Memphis, TN — called the Memphis Pool of Choice (MPOC).
As of a few weeks ago, NACPC reached key agreements to supply equipment for Ocean Network Express (ONE) and BNSF Railway (BNSF). The pool currently has 2,500 units, but the goal is to double that number in the next year. NACPC hopes the MPOC will appeal to truckers and cargo owners who are frustrated with restrictions over which chassis can be used to haul ocean containers.
NACPC hopes to simplify its customers’ experience by offering them interoperability: the ability to use any chassis with any container. In the BNSF ramp, any MPOC chassis will be able to be used on any container for most merchant haulage cargo.
NACPC’s main competition is Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM), a chassis provider in Memphis since 2007. An important grain transportation route for trucks runs from Memphis, TN, to Atlanta, GA.