Drayage is the retrieval of shipping containers from ports and hauling them to inland locations such as rail heads, distribution centers, or stores. Ports in the US 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.

US importers shipping through various ports are often concerned about such challenges as congested marine terminals, lengthy truck turn times, equipment shortages, and distribution warehouses stuffed beyond capacity for weeks or longer. Major gateways also experience various degrees of equipment shortages, and delays in the return of empty containers. Some ports in Asia could also risk experiencing a shortage of empty containers.


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News & Analysis

03 Apr 2020
BCOs and drayage truckers need to document unreasonable detention and demurrage charges, but also not contribute to the problem, speakers toldl a JOC.com webcast.
31 Mar 2020
Enforcement of California’s AB5 worker classification legislation as it applies to trucking will remain suspended for now, which means that drayage operators can continue to call upon owner-operators to haul containers at the ports until oral arguments in the case are heard this summer.
09 Mar 2020
CMA CGM has joined the gray pool in Memphis, a win for those advocating for truckers to use any chassis for any container to eliminate chassis splits and other inefficiencies that cost shippers money.
26 Feb 2020
A Southern California drayage software maker has raised more than $10 million to fund development of its marketplace for drivers and shippers, a sign the pace of investment in this once-overlooked freight segment won’t soon slow.
SSA Marine said truckers who participate in free flow drayage in West Coast ports such as Oakland (above) consistently achieve turn times of 15 to 20 minutes, compared with an hour or longer in conventional operations.
20 Feb 2020
Terminal operators, truckers, and BCOs agree that expanding free-flow operations for the delivery of containers at West Coast ports is a win-win situation for all participants, but the complexities of pulling it off in an era of big ships and alliances is limiting its potential.
DCLI to leave Chicago cooperative chassis pool
20 Feb 2020
DirectChassis Link, one of the three largest US chassis providers, will be exiting the Chicago cooperative chassis pool this year, a blow to those who envision a market in which any chassis can be used on any container.
APM Terminals to launch NY-NJ appointment system
03 Feb 2020
APM Terminals Elizabeth has announced it will launch a reservation system in late February, becoming the second of the six terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey to operate an appointment system.
27 Jan 2020
FlexiVan Leasing has announced a merger with American Intermodal Management, growing its US chassis pool by 12,500 units to 137,500 and acquiring new equipment.
21 Jan 2020
New Jersey’s effort to crack down on what it sees as the misclassification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees continued Monday with the signing of six classification bills.
Port Tampa Bay looks to capitalize on direct Asia connections in 2020
15 Jan 2020
Port Tampa Bay believes 2020 will be a big year with an expansion of its container terminal, three weekly trans-Pacific vessel calls, and a major push to win cargo owners in the Interstate 4 corridor by selling the value of short hauls to maximize hours of service.
15 Jan 2020
As transloading increases at US ports, RoadOne IntermodaLogistics is buying and building transload capacity, starting with Crown Transportation of Savannah, Georgia.
13 Jan 2020
Southern California judge delays decision by possibly two weeks in a key case that challenges the legality of truck driver classification bill known as AB5.
09 Jan 2020
A California judge has sided with Cal Cartage in a lawsuit brought by the State of California, agreeing with a District Court restraining order issued Dec. 31 that AB5 does not apply to trucking because of federal preemption.
09 Jan 2020
AB5-type legislation in New Jersey that truckers say will shrink the drayage fleet at the Port of New York and New Jersey won’t be enacted by the end of the current legislative session, but the sponsor said he’ll push to pass the bill in the next session.
06 Jan 2020
AB5 in California is pushing drayage companies and drivers toward the freight brokerage model, but that involves additional costs and legal challenges.
06 Jan 2020
Truckers at the Port of New York and New Jersey can now plan their schedules based on traffic levels on key roads within the port, as seen in newly available video streams.
31 Dec 2019
The US District Court has issued a last-minute reprieve for the trucking industry looking to block AB5, issuing a temporary restraining order on Dec. 31 to protect the industry until a Jan. 13 hearing.
31 Dec 2019
While drayage operators in California await the fate of legal challenges to AB5, some are shifting to a freight-broker model, and owner-operators are becoming licensed as individual companies.
30 Dec 2019
Going into 2020, chassis providers in the US are hopeful that fleet upgrades over the last two years have made the network more resilient, while also acknowledging that there is still little they can do to absorb sudden, unanticipated spikes in cargo.
24 Dec 2019
The US Federal Maritime Commission has proposed a rule that would see the agency take a more active role in detention and demurrage disputes, but container carriers are laying the groundwork for a potential legal challenge in 2020 should the FMC enact the rule.
23 Dec 2019
New legislation will take effect in California Jan. 1 that would make it much more difficult for truck drivers to retain independent contractor status, but owner operators are stuck in limbo pending a court decision on a legal challenge to the new rules.
17 Dec 2019
Owner-operator truckers face big changes if New Jersey legislation is enacted that would reshape the way the state determines whether a driver is an employee or independent contractor. But stakeholder assessments vary over the impact on the Port of New York and New Jersey.
17 Dec 2019
Traffic problems that slowed trucks in BNSF’s Lot 16 outside of Chicago have been resolved through a partnership between the railroad and an Intermodal Cartage-owned yard operator.
Hapag-Lloyd tabs Blume for digital drayage help
12 Dec 2019
Hapag-Lloyd has turned to Blume Global, which supplies a range of industry brand names, to help digitally manage its North American door moves.
12 Dec 2019
The Port of Montreal on Tuesday began posting artificial-intelligence driven predictions for next-day truck turn times to help truckers and BCOs make decisions on when to drop-off or pick-up a containers.
12 Dec 2019
Chassis solutions such as the pool of pools in Southern California and the pool arrangement in the southeast US are still falling short of their goal of establishing fully interoperable chassis pools because of carrier-imposed box rules, drayage operators say.
10 Dec 2019
Trucking marketplace provider NEXT Trucking is offering BCOs a way to manage and predict fees associated with chassis management at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
03 Dec 2019
An online petition posted by truckers in the Port of New York and New Jersey has collected 7,000 names in opposition to a bill in the New Jersey legislature that would redefine how state officials determine whether a driver is an owner-operator or an employee. The bill is advancing nonetheless.
Tech startup uses new funding on shipper automation, connectivity
02 Dec 2019
Austin-based technology company Shipwell has in the past been dubbed a freight marketplace, a broker, and a software provider, but bolstered by a large funding round in October, the company is focusing on automation and connectivity for shippers.
20 Nov 2019
Asset-monitoring technology will help Canadian Pacific and intermodal shippers to locate and better utilize the railroad’s chassis pool.
18 Nov 2019
Using technology to correct documentation errors before trucker appointments are made and the terminals’ use of appointment systems to meter gate traffic reduced turn times in in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to a six-year low in October.
15 Nov 2019
Trucking companies that employ owner operator drivers in the Port of New York and New Jersey are again battling an attempt to change the rules that determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee, while unions are pushing for the legislation to become law.
13 Nov 2019
A New Jersey law that reshapes the way the state assesses whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee has triggered opposition from truckers who say it will damage the Port of New York and New Jersey’s drayage fleet.
29 Oct 2019
Weston LaBar, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association, said turn times in Los Angeles-Long Beach have improved noticeably this year due to collaboration among truckers and marine terminal operators.
09 Oct 2019
A California Court of Appeals has ruled that the “ABC” test can be applied retroactively, a decision that means truck drivers can calculate damages for past misclassification.