Drayage is the retrieval of shipping containers from ports and hauling them to inland locations such as rail heads, distribution centers, or stores. It is one of the most important, yet fraught, parts of the supply chain. Many ports in the U.S. struggle to position chassis efficiently, and chassis shortages are a key contributor to port congestion. The issue of chassis maintenance and repair is also a sticking point in employer negotiations with longshore labor unions.

Commentary

Although growing volumes challenge ports and terminal operators, only shippers are asked to pay for programs like extended gate hours despite the fact that the growing volumes that make such programs necessary result in increased revenue for terminal operators.

News & Analysis

Chassis at Port of Los Angeles
27 May 2016
With an average of 15 percent of chassis invoice charges inaccurate or subject to dispute, motor carriers that automate the reconciliation of invoices save thousands of dollars annually, according to a chassis billing specialist.
25 May 2016
The government of India is looking to automate gate transactions at the country's major ports.
18 May 2016
Although port authorities and trucking organizations in Oakland and Los Angeles-Long Beach have been leading the way in implementing global-positioning satellite and Bluetooth technologies to increase cargo velocity, ports and truckers on the East and Gulf coasts are anxious to follow. Technology products are expected to surface at other ports in short order.
17 May 2016
The largest trade group representing drayage companies in the Port of New York and New Jersey has created its own web-based forum to connect truckers looking to make “street turns.”
Direct ChassisLink Inc.
12 May 2016
One of the big three providers of U.S. marine chassis is being sold to a new owner.
11 May 2016
Truck turn times at container terminals in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach got a bit longer last month, but still remain below what has been described as a new normal for the harbor trucking community.
09 May 2016
California drayage companies are not rushing to take advantage of new legislation that could shield them from fines and penalties if they classify their independent contractor drivers as employees.
06 May 2016
The California labor commissioner’s office has launched an amnesty program for trucking companies.
04 May 2016
Container volumes have returned to pre-recession levels and carriers are deploying super-post-Panamax ships in the U.S. trades.
04 May 2016
India shippers will have to pay more when their trucks get to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.