Container Drayage: What Is It and How It Works

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics, Warehousing, Trucking

Shipping and logistics involve many different factors and moving parts. Many people are not familiar with some of the most crucial parts of the process. An example of a potentially unfamiliar term is container drayage. For more on what container drayage is, continue reading “Container Drayage: What Is It and How It Works” below.

What Is It?

Container drayage is the process of transporting goods over short distances in the container shipping industry. There are multiple scenarios in which container drayage could take place. While it is a short process, it is also a very important one in the supply chain.

To better understand this topic, consider the following example: There are numerous transportation methods needed for one single shipment. Container drayage comes into play when the product is moving from one type of transportation to another, like going from a truck to a train.

How Does It Work?

The variety of different drayage classifications allows for services that best fit the job. These include expedited drayage, inter-carrier drayage, intra-carrier drayage, pier drayage, shuttle drayage, and door-to-door. The classification you select depends on your shipping needs. Once you choose your classification, you can fit it into your overall shipment management plan by contracting a container drayage service. Consider the different rates, tracking options, storing fees, and timeline when choosing the proper service for you.

Container drayage is an essential part of shipping and logistics. Without it, companies would not be able to accomplish their tasks or transport their shipments in a timely manner. Educate yourself to find the perfect company for your container drayage needs.

Here at 18 Wheels, we are looking to help and assist you in every possible way. We can help you with every part of your supply chain—from distribution, trucking, and warehousing—and even if you are looking for a copacker in Vancouver. Visit our website and call today to discuss further details.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.