A truck picks up a shipping container at the Port of Savannah in Georgia. Savannah, GA. October 23, 2021. (Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Putting aside the larger debates about dependence on Chinese manufacturing, it’s clear that this particular policy was a mistake.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T ruck chassis are used to haul cargo containers. They are the trailers that shipping containers rest on so that trucks can pull them. The United States needs a lot of them. A chassis is needed to carry a container even for very short drayage trips within or near a port complex. Each chassis can carry two TEU (20-foot equivalent unit) of freight, and the largest container ships today can drop off as much as 8,000 TEU of freight at one port call. Given that lopsided relationship, there are over 700,000 chassis registered in the U.S. That’s higher than the populations


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