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32 Journal of Commerce | August 28, 2023 www.joc.com Port Productivity: Drayage and Chassis Report Special Report THE PORT OF Oakland is partnering with visibility vendor QuayChain to underpin a new data portal the port is building for shippers, forwarders and drayage providers. The partnership will allow the port to use data derived from the technology provider's QuayChain Edge Devices (QEDs), hardware set up around port facilities that helps create a private, cellular signal-based network to plug visibility gaps on container status. "We install our hardware around the port but not on terminals," QuayChain CEO Andrew Scott told the Journal of Commerce. "So no data for on-terminal operations or vessels. We are also establishing off-port locations, such as container yards and warehouses." Under the agreement, the port will provide the digital infrastruc- ture for QuayChain's network, with installation already under- way. QuayChain and Oakland will Street smarts Port of Oakland taps visibility provider to plug gaps in container status By Eric Johnson Data from QuayChain's tracking hardware will fill holes in the Port of Oakland's existing visibility platform. RAW-films / Shutterstock.com In a July 31 decision, CBP said CIE provided incomplete information in its response, prompting the agency to require CIE to pay duties on all chassis imports until further notice. CIE said the allegations are "100% inaccurate" and accused the coalition of retaliating against CIE for filing a claim against Pitts Enter- prises in 2022. Pitts Enterprises is a member of the Coalition of Ameri- can Chassis Manufacturers. 'Ready' and waiting Robert DeFrancisco, a lawyer representing the coalition, said an investigator was sent to Thailand to observe CIE's factory operations and raised suspicions. "If the facility was running in a way to satisfy the volume enter- ing the US, we would expect to see large amounts of steel coming into the facilities, lots of employ- ees, numerous shifts and other activity," DeFrancisco said in an Aug. 4 interview. "We didn't see any of that." The coalition argues that because its investigators did not observe enough raw materials or employees to run two shifts in the factory, CIE must be doing some production in China. It also alleges that vessels leaving Thailand stopped in China before going to the US. "It's very, very odd to ship heavy steel chassis from Thailand to China, and then China to the US, rather than shipping directly to the US," he said. "The product is leaving Thai- land. It's stopping in China. And it's being co-mingled with something that was made in China probably, and then shipped to the US." Ash said CIE transshipped from Thailand to China only while it was negotiating with COSCO Shipping for a direct sailing to the US. Once that was complete, CIE began shipping directly from Thailand to the US, Ash said, adding that no "co-mingling" ever occurred. "[The coalition's] investigator was never on our property," he said. "There is steel all over our factory. We have satellite images showing frames coming out of the Thai factory being put in racks. We have so much proof to the contrary, it's unbelievable. We are not doing what Pitts did, we're doing it the right way. "We are ready to sit with whom- ever, whenever to satisfy every one of the deficiencies once we know what they are," Ash added. JOC email: ari.ashe@spglobal.com "It's very, very odd to ship heavy steel chassis from Thailand to China, and then China to the US."

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