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 Dec 2021
Technology systems used to identify first available empty return appointments at Los Angeles and Long Beach container terminals may be a key in unlocking congestion in the key import gateway.
21 Oct 2021
Kuehne + Nagel and Blume Global are partnering to provide the forwarder a way to manage existing and potential drayage partners in a more efficient manner as shippers focus on their needs at destination.
14 Oct 2021
Vendorflow, a new platform to harmonize communications between logistics providers and the carriers they use, has secured funding from a range of venture capital investors with previous logistics expertise.
29 Sep 2021
A demurrage dispute between a New York customs broker and Mediterranean Shipping Co. unmasks the degree to which key communication of shipment milestones is overly reliant on email.
13 Sep 2021
Taking aim at a lack of proof-of-delivery certainty in global logistics, Clockwork Logistics Systems has received financial backing from a range of logistics-focused investors.
08 Sep 2021
National drayage operator RoadOne is filling in gaps in its service network through acquisitions, and expanding transloading services as container backlogs build up at ports.
24 Aug 2021
A rising tide of late shipments in the trans-Pacific trade is tying knots in US surface transportation networks and increasing the need for safety stock.
20 Aug 2021
Motor carriers say that chassis providers need to step up efforts to replace older, bias ply tires with radial tires as blowouts and repairs increase in the summer months, further crimping tight equipment supply.
20 Jul 2021
Technology provider EDRAY, flush with new funding, has expanded its range of solutions to include a drayage marketplace and visibility tools.
02 Jul 2021
A new mobile app has launched that's designed to help small drayage carriers and independent drivers manage all aspects of their business, including increasingly complicated detention and demurrage fees, directly from their trucks.
11 Jun 2021
Hapag-Lloyd is making extra efforts to ease the burden on New York and New Jersey drayage drivers handling an unprecedented number of empty containers that have accumulated in the port.
10 Jun 2021
Singapore-based drayage technology provider Haulio has tied up with CMA CGM to handle coordination of port trucking in Thailand as it seeks to build a Southeast Asia-wide platform.
04 Jun 2021
Drayage capacity from Southeastern US ports is so low right now that ocean carriers, NVOCCs, and shippers are scouring to locate small truck carriers on the spot market and paying extra to get their loads hauled.
26 May 2021
After a rough six-week period following the paralyzing February snowstorm in Texas, intermodal terminals are operating with fewer delays in Dallas-Fort Worth, with chassis available and driver productivity bucking national trends.
20 May 2021
Drayage operators say they are raising rates and pay for drivers moving containers in and out of the Port of New York and New Jersey, but it’s not enough to make up for a loss of productivity during the prolonged surge in import volumes that began in August.
19 May 2021
An exodus of drayage drivers to the flatbed and dry van truckload sectors is further limiting already constrained capacity and equipment availability in key inland markets.
18 May 2021
Logistics software startup Splyc is using automation to tackle what it sees as a major issue in container logistics technology: the speed with which information is passed from one system to another.
28 Apr 2021
A federal appeals court ruling on AB5 could have a significant impact on drayage companies in the state, but it will likely be weeks, or months, before the outcome is reached, according to an attorney.
05 Apr 2021
California legislators on Monday introduced a package of three bills they say will build upon legislation over the past two years that challenges trucking companies’ classification of drivers as independent contractors.
30 Mar 2021
The Harbor Trucking Association is advertising for a new CEO to lead drayage companies in Southern California, Oakland, and Seattle-Tacoma as current head Weston LaBar transitions to a new opportunity in the industry.
23 Mar 2021
Rapid e-commerce delivery requirements, as well as capacity shortages and equipment imbalances, are spurring the growth of transloading near US seaports, speakers at TPM21 said.
19 Mar 2021
NY-NJ chassis providers pledge to add more equipment due to the import surge, which has tested the region’s reliance on trucker-controlled chassis.
09 Mar 2021
Shippers with extra volumes into the port of New York-New Jersey are faced with an exceptionally tight market for spot drayage capacity, forcing rates up to new highs, according to drayage rate tracker Drayage.com.
01 Mar 2021
Backups at US ports will diminish gradually over several months only as COVID-19 vaccines are distributed and infection rates slow, IHS Markit’s chief economist told JOC’s virtual TPM21.
10 Feb 2021
The acquisition of JZ Expedited Companies gives the national drayage operator more trucking services, transload capacity near the port of Jacksonville.
05 Feb 2021
Seeing glimpses of improved productivity, terminal operators in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach predict a return to some sense of normalcy between April and June.
22 Jan 2021
The acquisition of DDI bolsters RoadOne's 53-foot domestic container business and transloading capabilities on the East Coast as import volumes rise.
07 Jan 2021
The chassis network on the East Coast has held up during the recent import surge due to better communication and data, and more reliable equipment.
30 Dec 2020
Truckers are taking longer to get through terminals in Chicago because of the surge in cargo and changes in stacking containers with some railroads.
23 Dec 2020
Drayage capacity in Miami is tight due to an unusual late-year surge in fruits and vegetables, cigars, and casual wear, causing truckers to be booked up seven to 14 days in advance.
17 Dec 2020
The truck driver turnover rate is rising at truckload carriers as they compete for employees; that is spurring a new round of pay hikes for drivers.
07 Dec 2020
A tighter focus on transportation and technology following a corporate split will improve the service and experience XPO offers to shippers globally, the company and transportation analysts say
13 Nov 2020
Higher pay is just a starting point for the solution to a resurgent driver shortage, J.B. Hunt’s Shelley Simpson tells the JOC Inland Distribution Webcast. Greater efficiencies, more shipper cooperation are key to improving driver jobs.
06 Nov 2020
With the entire Southern California supply chain overwhelmed by imports, harbor truckers are asking ocean carriers to suspend detention and demurrage charges until the congestion problems are fixed.
20 Oct 2020
A new drayage TMS provider aims to arm port carriers with modern technology to automate back office functions and better manage dispatch and customer engagement.