Drayage Firms

Drayage firms are motor carriers that provide local pickup and delivery of trailers and containers (on chassis). They typically work with ports, warehouses, and other transportation hubs to move freight to and from those locations. Drayage firms can be a valuable asset for companies that need to move cargo in and around metropolitan areas.

When selecting a drayage firm, it is important to consider:

  • the company’s safety record,
  • financial stability,
  • equipment availability,
  • customer service,
  • it is also important to work with a company that has experience shipping the type of cargo you are transporting.

Drayage firms typically charge by the mile and may also charge a fuel surcharge. Some drayage firms offer discounts for volume customers or for shipments that are pre-paid. Drayage firms may also offer value-added services such as on-site container loading/unloading, storage, and transloading (transferring cargo from one mode of transportation to another).

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