A chassis split may occur when the truck chassis is not located in the same place as the sea freight shipping container. Therefore, the trucking (or drayage) company may charge a chassis split charge for the costs of picking up or returning the chassis to a different terminal than the container.
Why does a Chassis Split Fee occur?
Several years ago, ocean freight lines started to end their ownership of chassis. This meant that drayage companies had to rent or own their own chassis for trucks. Thus, a chassis split fee happens because available chassis are not always in the same locations as the containers being transported. This costs extra money for trucking companies, and they add the chassis split fee as part of their transportation costs.