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California leases six properties to store up to 20,000 containers off port

The government of California has leased six sites for the storage of shipping containers to help alleviate congestion at the state’s ports.

National warehouse marketplace Chunker leased the sites from the California Department of General Services for one year, with an option for a second year. The properties include three armories, a former prison and two fairgrounds.

Chunker will coordinate between California ports, shipping/trucking companies, and cargo owners to help move containers and free up needed space elsewhere.

“By creating additional storage space for shipping containers, we can relieve some of the congestion at our ports, keep our imports and exports flowing, and strengthen our economy,” said Dee Dee Myers, director of the governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.


  1. This is about not having enough drivers, so those shpmts still need to move by truck. Will this resolve much, only overflow but still need drivers to pick up. You can now work at fastfood making $18 hour so why pull loads for $25-30 or per load around $50-100 and wait hours per load. California destroyed itself and it took time to catch up with Ab95 ruling. So California is going to take the bill and who is reimbursing us. How about use those sites for off dock container and chassis repair stations. Allow chassis to that are non road worthy for minor issues to transfer between 0200 and 0500 on the Hoot shift. Off dock mechanics fix the chassis since there may not be enough skilled work force on the docks. Start holding shippers, cnee and 3pl for long dwells not financially but in space allocations. Start having a real effect of peoples supply chain more than monetary.

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