The Pool of Pools

Offering Interoperability of Chassis Between Chassis Pools

Serving Los Angeles - Long Beach California

About us

The Pool of Pools


The "Pool of Pools" (POP) is a multi-pool agreement between the three major marine container chassis pools operating in the San Pedro Basin port complex. DCLP, TPSP and FLBP developed this agreement in response to port stakeholder desires to create greater chassis interoperability across the port complex. The POP encompasses a combined fleet of over 72,000 marine container chassis with mutual start/stop locations covering thirteen (13) major marine terminals and four (4) major rail facilities, through which the vast majority of container cargo is transported into or out of southern California. Following initial development and the completion of a business review letter process with the United States Department of Justice, the POP began operations in March 2015, and has now been operating successfully for over two (2) years.

Within POP operations, any chassis contributed to the DCLP, TPSP or FLBP fleet can be utilized by authorized users in all of the participating pools. POP chassis may be interchanged out or returned to any of the seventeen (17) start/stop locations, For example, a chassis interchanged at a marine terminal in Long Beach may be returned to a rail ramp in Los Angeles. Prior to the POP, the operation of multiple independent chassis pools in Los Angeles and Long Beach created situations where chassis in different pools were segregated at facilities for use only by certain user bases, and returnable only to a fraction of the facilities otherwise available to receive chassis. These inefficiencies often resulted in lost time and revenue to a motor carrier, duplicative repositioning, and confusion on terminals and rail ramps. The "gray fleet" that is the POP has smoothed the impacts to chassis operations that would have otherwise occurred in the ever-changing landscape of ocean carrier alliances and terminal operations, increases overall efficiency and availability, and significantly reduces chassis splits.

The POP also provides a unique and unprecedented amount of publicly-available and regularly-updated data regarding aggregate chassis availability, usage and related metrics for the POP fleet. Please consult the "Reports" section of this website for more details.

  • Mission - Success through interoperability
  • Vision - Increase efficiency and decrease congestion
  • Pool Operators - DCLI - Flexi-Van - TRAC Intermodal

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Current Updates


The Pool of Pools website’s has recently been updated. The Reports menu now included a dashboard for Terminal Dwell, Street Dwell and the OOS Ratio. Please see below for that change.

Frequently Asked Questions


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Chassis Pools


Learn About the Pool of Pools Operators

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Direct Chassis Link Pool

DCLI is an operating chassis leasing company. DCLI provides chassis to Marine Terminal Operators (MTO), Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCC), Motor Carriers, Steam Ship Lines (SSL), and Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCO) throughout the United States with 160 locations on or near key port facilities and other intermodal hubs. DCLI has grown from 64,000 to approximately 130,000 owned and managed chassis in the past two years. The company has developed unique partnerships with terminal operators, and motor carrier organizations, and previously managed one of the nation's largest chassis pools, the Grand Alliance Chassis Pool (GACP), with 36,000 chassis operating on 9 terminals, supporting the G6, Hanjin and Hamburg-Sud in LA and Long Beach.

Flexi-Van Los Angeles Basin Pool

Fully engaged in the realignment of the US chassis supply model, Flexi-Van ® understands that the products and services we offer must meet the needs of our current customer base as well as the new equipment stakeholders, including Motor Carriers, Logistics Providers, Facility Operators and Beneficial Cargo Owners. We have expanded our services, products and contracts accordingly, and we are fully committed to continual enhancements to better serve these markets.

Flexi-Van ® chassis supply options include;

  1. Short and Long Term Leasing
  2. Pool User Agreements
  3. Daily Rentals (Flexi Day ®)
  4. Dedicated Fleet Management

TRAC Pacific Southwest Pool

TRAC Intermodal is North America’s leading intermodal equipment provider and chassis pool manager serving domestic and international shippers. The company's operations include long-term leasing and short-term rentals of the approximately 272,000 chassis in our fleet. We also provide pool/fleet management services and are a leader in providing chassis solutions to the intermodal industry that are designed to increase supply chain efficiency, control costs and promote safety.

Key Reports


Click below to access the current management reports for the pool of pools.

Terminal Dwell

3 Days
0-2 Days = Green
3-4 Days = Yellow
5+ Days = Red

Street Dwell

4 Days
1-3 Days = Green
4-6 Days = Yellow
7+ Days = Red

OOS Ratio

9%
0-5% = Green
6-10% = Yellow
11+ = Red

On-Terminal Inventory

Click to view the on-terminal inventory report.

Repositioning

Click to view the current chassis repositioning report.

Utilization

Click to view the current chassis utilization report.

Terminal Inventory and Activity Summary

Click to view the Terminal Inventory and Activity Summary.

Out Of Service

Click to view the current OOS report.

Start/Stop Locations

Click to view the POP Start/Stop Locations.

On-Street Usage

Click to view the on-street trend report.

POP KPI

Monthly Net Chassis Imbalance

POP KPI

Monthly Chassis Dislocation

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