What Is Container Drayage?

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics
What Is Container Drayage?

In order to define container drayage, first we have to look at drayage, in general. In today’s article, we are going to talk about drayage and container drayage.

What is drayage?

Drayage is a shipping and logistics term that refers to the shipment of products over short distances. The word “drayage” comes from the references to “dray” or draught horse, the heavy horses that used to be used for pulling carts.

Container Drayage

Container drayage is the shipment of products over short distances when the products are in a container. So, technically it is the movement of containers over short distances.

Drayage is often one part of a larger shipping strategy. For example, products (or containers) may arrive by ship and then have to travel further by plane or train. Getting the product from one mode of shipping onto another is one form of drayage.

Also, drayage could mean moving products into a warehouse for a short-term stay or from a warehouse to a local distributor. These are both examples of drayage. Sometimes packing or unpacking or loading and unloading can figure into the drayage equation.

If you consider everything that goes into shipping and logistics, drayage is an essential part. Rarely does the product go from the manufacturer to the retailer in one shipping leg. There are usually several parts to the journey, and container drayage refers to the short-distance movement of containers within that context.

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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.