According to today's USDA Grain Transportation Report, according to the Journal of Commerce, Chicago-region trucking firms recently reported a scarcity of chassis to move international shipping containers.

Chassis providers have assured truckers and shippers the situation is temporary.

In recent weeks, both Direct ChassisLink, Inc., and TRAC Intermodal—two of the largest U.S. intermodal equipment providers—have undergone significant upgrades, maintenance, and repair of their equipment.

Progress in returning the chassis to service has been slowed by the challenge of finding sufficient mechanics to do the work.

Containerized agricultural exports sourced in our Nation’s heartland—such as grain, soybeans, and meat products—rely on chassis for movement to port regions.