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

29 Jun 2016
“It’s not as bad as it was, I’d put it that way.”
29 Jun 2016
Truck turn times at Cochin Port should improve greatly because of a new technological initiative rolled out by the port authority.
24 Jun 2016
A new bill introduced in the California legislature aims to spur the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex to revamp its PierPass system.
23 Jun 2016
Software glitches continued to plague terminal gates at the Port of Charleston’s Wando Welch Marine Terminal Thursday.
22 Jun 2016
Cooperation between truckers and terminal operators has improved truck turn times at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex.
17 Jun 2016
Chennai Port has overcome much of its access problems that have contributed to long truck queues.
16 Jun 2016
Coalition calls for the port authority to reinstate ban on trucks made before 2007.
16 Jun 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust said unscheduled gate closings by private terminals in India’s busiest container harbor have added to congestion.
15 Jun 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust is intensely focusing on productivity improvements.
10 Jun 2016
Gate automation at terminals in the Chennai Port will increase productivity.