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What Is an Intermodal Equipment Provider?

An Intermodal Equipment Provider (IEP) is a company that makes intermodal equipment available to motor carriers for interchange and develops and implements procedures to repair the equipment from damages, defects, or deficiencies.

Intermodal equipment, mainly chassis, is trailing equipment that is used in the intermodal transportation of containers. An Intermodal Equipment Provider facilitates the transport of goods with intermodal equipment and is responsible for systematically inspecting, repairing, and maintaining the chassis. These responsibilities are expected to help result in fewer out-of-service chassis and fewer breakdowns with the overall goal of creating safer commercial motor vehicle operations.

An Intermodal Equipment Provider that offers intermodal equipment for transportation must register as an IEP via the Unified Registration System (URS). This is the first step for an IEP to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). Once the online application is completed and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) receives it, the IEP is assigned a USDOT number. Intermodal Equipment Providers are also responsible for meeting certain requirements governed by the FMCSA in order to operate. The requirements can be found on the FMCSA website.

DCLI is one of three major IEPs in the U.S.  We are the largest provider of marine and domestic chassis and a leading provider of asset management services to the U.S. intermodal industry. We own, lease, and manage over 145,000 marine chassis and 89,000 domestic chassis.

DCLI offers intermodal equipment service offerings including net leases, full service leases, daily rentals, and direct billing. Learn more about our chassis provisioning models here.

We have a wide variety of regular and specialty equipment types available. Regular equipment types include the 23.5′ Slider Chassis, 40′ Gooseneck Chassis, 40’/45′ Extendable Chassis, and 53′ Domestic chassis. Specialty equipment types include the 20′ Triaxle Slider Chassis, 40′ Triaxle Chassis, Anysizer Spreadaxle Chassis, and Anysizer Triaxle Chassis. For more details on our intermodal equipment types, view our chassis fleet here.