What Are Dry and Wet Ports?

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics
What Are Dry and Wet Ports

What are dry and wet ports? Dry ports are located away from water. They are generally located close to inland railway stations. Wet ports, on the other hand, are near the ocean or a river.

Besides where they are located, there are some distinct differences between dry ports and wet ports. In this article, we are going to delve into those differences and answer some related questions.

What is a Dry Port?

A dry port is a mode of transportation for cargo that can be accessed by a land vehicle. Dry ports are used for transferring shipments of cargo from warehouses to their final destinations. Dry ports are an important aspect of logistics.

What is a Wet Port?

A wet port, on the other hand, is located close to a body of water, so that it can be accessed by sea vessels. Wet ports are used to receive and process overseas shipments, which are then taken to warehouses, dry ports, or end destinations.

The wet port is essential for the intermodal process, whereby containers switch modes of transportation, often to rail or truck.

Do I Need Wet Port Services or Dry Port Services?

Although dry ports and wet ports are different, a connected network between the two is essential for businesses. Businesses often need to plan for the use of wet ports and dry ports during their logistics process.

To make this process easier, it is recommended that you work with a third-party logistics team. At 18 Wheels Logistics, we offer dry and wet port services, inventory tracking, and personalized service. We can ensure your shipment arrives where it needs to.

For over 30 years, 18 Wheels Logistics has strived to be the most customer-centric trucking, warehousing, and logistics company around. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 18 Wheels relies on experience and integrity to make customers happy and remain on the cutting edge of shipping and logistics management.

If you have any questions about this article or you would like to talk to us about your shipping needs, please call us at (604) 439-8938.

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.