Every industry you come across comes with its terms and jargon. These industry-specific words seem foreign and mysterious unless you’re in the industry. 

Let’s break it down.

In the most basic term, drayage services are when you move a container carrying goods a short distance. Often transporting goods from one mode of transportation to another or its final destination. 

Most often, drayage services transport your container from the port to the next leg of its journey.

Large cargo ships bring containers across the globe and into many different ports. The containers are stacked on top of each other and are removed from the vessel using gantry cranes.

They are moved to the port storage area, ready for pickup.

This is where drayage trucking companies pick up your containers and start the next part of transportation. The container drayage is picked up and handled per the customer’s request. This trip is usually a very short one.

Contrary to long hauls’ cross-country trips when transporting goods, the drayage trucking routes are relatively short. They are usually kept to a single location and transported within one to two hours.

The containers are moved to docking terminals for transloading, warehouses for storage, or trucking company-owned container yards for further storage.

While drayage transportation most often starts with port drayage, it doesn’t only move containers from the port. Drayage shipping includes moving containers from the port, railway stations, or intermodal terminals.

What does drayage include?

There are six different types of drayage services:

Pier drayage:

Transporting shipping containers by truck from a yard or railway station to a shipping dock or pier.

Expedited drayage:

Moving goods that are extremely time sensitive.