Evaluating Export Container Pooling Options in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

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National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)

This research effort identified barriers for communication and collaboration which preclude ISO containers from markets in the mid-West where export shippers need them to participate in the new economy. The research focused on issues that limit export container availability in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin by conducting literature reviews and cataloging existing best practices in comparable regions. Additionally, the potential adoption and corresponding gain to exporters in the Twin Cities, Fox River Valley, the Warsaw metropolitan area and the Twin ports (Duluth-Superior) was assessed. Case studies of efficient equipment assignment and pooling strategies were used to investigate how competitive disadvantage can be reduced in areas unable to obtain containers at a reasonable cost for their export.

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April, 2013