There is a shortage of containers for US exporters in part due to seasonal volume increases but also due to Chinese regulations that have slowed container production. The new regulation which requires solvent-based paint on all containers became effective on April 1, 2017 and is still affecting container production speeds; this is putting pressure on carriers to get containers back to Asia for import loads. Kansas City has been hit the worst with the shortage, but Dallas, Denver, Memphis, and Chicago have also been significantly affected. Demand for containers is so high in China, that carriers are shipping back containers empty which is magnifying the problem for US exporters. Additional details are available at: http://www.joc.com/maritime-news/container-lines/us-exporters-struggling-find-inland-containers_20170614.html
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