Can colors

Discussion in 'Intermodal Trucking Forum' started by RockinChair, Nov 14, 2021.

  1. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    Hi everybody. I just finished watching the 60 Minutes piece about the ports of LA and Long Beach. They said that drivers are frequently waiting - and often not allowed - to return empty cans, and that it often depends on what color can a driver happens to have on his/her chassis.

    So my question is simply this: what is the significance of the color of any given container?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

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    Probably the companies that have space to store empty containers , and most companies have all their cans painted the same Color
     
  4. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    I guess I don't understand why the port would accept empty cans of one color but not another. Do companies rent storage space from the port?
     
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  5. MacLean

    MacLean Medium Load Member

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    My guess would be that it depends on who owns the cans. Maybe certain ones need to be returned or are waiting to get loaded? I know some cans are one way and others are return load but I’m not sure if the color matters or not or if it’s how they designate them.
     
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  6. Lazer

    Lazer Heavy Load Member

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    If it was on ‘60 minutes’, chances are good they got maybe 15% of the situation correct.
     
  7. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

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    That goes for any news article .
     
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  8. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

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    Steamship line owned boxes have uniform color schemes, sometimes alternating color/label colors.

    Spec built 'lease' boxes are mostly the same brown color and are used by everybody; however some are long term leased back to a major for 5 years at a time so the actual color may be meaningless.
     
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