The Pool of Pools

Offering Interoperability of Chassis Between Chassis Pools

Serving Los Angeles - Long Beach California

The Pool of Pools


The "Pool of Pools" (POP) is a multi-pool agreement between the three major proprietary 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 fluidity across the port complex, which is by far the largest in the United States. The POP structure delivers streamlined operations while retaining the benefits of proprietary pools, including robust competition, asset owner oversight of maintenance and repair, and service that can be tailored directly to customer needs.

The POP encompasses a combined fleet of over 58,000 marine container chassis with mutual start/stop locations covering eleven (11) 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 six (6) 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 fifteen (15) 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, chassis in different pools were segregated at facilities for use only by certain user bases, and returnable only to a portion of the facilities otherwise available to receive chassis.

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.

  • Pool Operators - DCLI - Flexi-Van - TRAC Intermodal

Announcements

Given pending changes in property availability at the Barracuda yard site for Pool of Pools (PoP) chassis, the temporary designation of this site as a PoP start/stop will conclude on March 31st. Since opening in December of last year, this additional off-terminal location has helped to address some of the congestion issues within the San Pedro Basin by decreasing local equipment turn-times and improving productivity. Participants in the PoP will continue pursuing all avenues to meet our customers’ needs in the LA/LB market, including approval of overtime and weekends to repair chassis and quickly return them to service, repositioning chassis from other markets when possible, and bringing new or refurbished chassis into the LA/LB market as they become available.


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 the largest provider of marine and domestic container chassis to the U.S. intermodal industry. Since 2009, when the company pioneered the exit of ocean carriers from the chassis business, it has generated consistent growth through expansion, acquisition, and innovation. Today, DCLI serves motor carriers, ocean carriers, beneficial cargo owners, and domestic shippers. With over 450 locations on or near key port facilities and intermodal hubs throughout the U.S., the company now owns, leases, and manages over 154,000 marine chassis and 90,000 domestic chassis. DCLI is majority-owned by Apollo, a leading global alternative investment manager with assets under management of approximately $455 billion as of December 2020.

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 (www.tracintermodal.com) is North America’s leading marine chassis pool manager and equipment provider, with 11 pools under management across the U.S. TRAC has the largest fleet of marine and specialty chassis in North America and operates an extensive network of facilities. TRAC’s subsidiaries offer expert nationwide tire and parts supply through TRAC Tire Services, emergency fleet roadside assistance through FYX, and maintenance and repair services and other depot solutions through TRAC Services.

Key Reports


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

20 ft.

40/45 ft.

Terminal Dwell

20 ft.

40/45 ft.

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

Street Dwell

20 ft.

40/45 ft.

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

OOS Ratio

20 ft.

40/45 ft.

7%
4%
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.

On-Street Usage

Click to view the on-street trend report.

POP KPI

Monthly Net Chassis Imbalance

POP KPI

Monthly Chassis Dislocation

Start/Stop Locations

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