Annual Review & Outlook 2013: Bridge Terminal Transport

Hans Stig MollerThe marine drayage market is expected to remain challenging and highly fragmented in 2013. The 10 largest companies account for less than 15 percent of the overall market and only four have annual revenues exceeding $150 million. Further industry consolidation is expected in 2013.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration must address flaws within the CSA program in 2013 to ensure this key benchmarking tool is clearly understood, interpreted and utilized. Equally important, we strongly recommend our customers measure and benchmark their marine drayage provider’s safety performance in driver turnover and miles driven per Department of Transportation chargeable accidents. Further clarification is expected to come in hours of service in 2013 and it is critical that industry feedback is considered to shape this discussion. On that note, we strongly support industrywide implementation of electronic onboard recorders to ensure compliance.

The marine drayage chassis model will continue to evolve in 2013 as more shipping lines announce their exit from the chassis business. The drayage community will be called upon to manage this capital-intensive aspect of global commerce. Decisions must be made whether to purchase, lease or use pool arrangements. Efficiencies are expected as are further sustainability benefits. Having a close relationship with your drayage provider will become more important than ever.

Drayage rates are expected to increase in 2013 to ensure drivers earn a competitive income and drayage companies retain drivers. The industry must stay ahead of these trends, because the alternative is driver, rate and service instability.

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