Three ocean carriers, Zim, Hyundai and Maersk, have announced a cretinous plan to charge motor carriers $30-$100 to street turn their containers.  A street turn occurs when a motor carrier uses an empty import container for an export load.  The ocean carrier and chassis provider are contacted to stop/start the respective free time clocks. Street turns are common practice in the drayage industry, and they can be performed between two different motor carriers or within the same carrier.
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This practice is a win for everyone…cargo owners, terminal operators, ocean carriers, motor carriers, motoring public and all those who breathe. The resulting reduction in terminal transactions from a street turn keeps drayage costs down, reduces emissions, eases congestion, improves equipment utilization and lessens wear and tear on the roadways.  This harebrained scheme defies logic and is nothing more than a money grab.

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