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Direct Drive Logistics is your partner for shipping & transportation services, from freight brokerage all the way to full service 3PL management. As your dedicated private independent logistics company, we are your single point of contact for all shipments coming to or from Chicago.

  • We are independently insuredWe carry our own policies for Primary cargo/auto/errors and omissions. This gives you ONE point of contact for all cargo claims.
  • Real-time tracking We offer easily accessible real time tracking on all shipments so you have complete assurance in the safety and timeliness of the delivery. 
  • One-on-one personal serviceThe biggest & largest logistics companies in the world will bounce you around to a handful of reps who have no relationship with you or your company. Our service is personal, respectful, and 100% accountable from delivery to destination.

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Direct Drive Logistics is a full-service logistics provider in Chicago

Chicago logistics company for international & domestic shipping

Your Partner for US Domestic & International Freight Solutions

Located in the United States, Direct Drive Logistics boasts the reach of an international American logistics company with local personal service that can't be matched. We are a 100% independently insured logistics outsource solution for companies in many different industries; we are flexible to accommodate YOUR business’ needs – whether it’s brokering a single domestic shipment to or from Chicago or forming a full-fledged 3PL partnership with diverse needs in trucking, air, ocean or rail freight. The freight brokers at Direct Drive provide logistics solutions for the state of Illinois including Chicago to Atlanta, Chicago to Cincinnati, Chicago to Cleveland, Chicago to Dallas, Chicago to Detroit, Chicago to Los Angeles, Chicago to Miami, Chicago to Milwaukee, Chicago to Minneapolis & St. Paul, Chicago to New York, Chicago to Orlando, Chicago to Philadelphia, Chicago to Pittsburg, Chicago to Sacramento, Chicago to Salt Lake City, Chicago to San Antonio, Chicago to San DiegoChicago to Tampa and Chicago to Washington DC.       

For the best service at the lowest cost; Direct Drive Logistics is the partner you want for all your shipping needs. Get a free freight logistics quote on Chicago shipments.

Shipping To & From Chicago

Shipping to and from Chicago involves adherence to a range of regulations, including local, state and federal guidelines. It is essential to consider city ordinances regarding traffic, loading zones and delivery times. State regulations in Illinois govern transportation, weight limits and safety standards, while federal agencies like the FMCSA and DOT oversee interstate transportation rules. Compliance with permits, special requirements and documentation is necessary, especially for oversized or hazardous shipments. International shipping entails additional considerations, such as customs, import/export laws and tariffs. Working with our logistics experts ensures compliance.

Special Considerations for Oversized Loads

Direct Drive Logistics, in compliance with the Illinois Vehicle Code, observes strict size and weight restrictions for safe transportation. Vehicles must not exceed 8 feet in width, with exceptions for those designed for carrying over seven persons. The maximum vehicle height is 13 feet 6 inches. A solitary vehicle, whether empty or loaded, must not surpass an extreme overall length of 42 feet. Similarly, any combination of a truck tractor and semitrailer, whether unladen or carrying a load, is restricted to an extreme overall length of 55 feet.

The permit allows operation within industrial truck corridors for vehicles up to 160,000 pounds for delivery or pick-up. Operations exceeding this weight or serving other purposes are subject to additional provisions. For Chicago-specific limits, refer to the provided link. Direct Drive Logistics offers customized transport solutions based on client requirements and invites quote requests for upcoming shipments.

For the most up to date regulations on oversize and overweight permits, visit Illinois.gov.

Chicago Shipping Options

Over the Road (OTR) Truck

Direct Drive Logistics is a trusted ground freight management partner in Chicago providing comprehensive full truckload (FTL) and less than truckload (LTL)  freight management solutions to accelerate your business. With a wide range of trailer sizes and shipping containers to meet your needs in an efficient and cost-effective way.

Full Truckload (FTL) Freight

Direct Drive Logistics is the cost-effective FTL freight shipping solution for coast-to-coast shipping. We pride ourselves on diligence and personalized service, ensuring your shipment is handled correctly and arrives at its destination safely.

Light Truckload (LTL) Freight

Direct Drive Logistics is Chicago’s reliable freight management partner in volume LTL shipping. We provide custom volume LTL shipping that keeps your business running smoothly. Get the same reliable services as our FTL shipping at a lower, more affordable cost.

Expedited Freight

For the fastest, most reliable expedited freight shipping services in Chicago, call Direct Drive Logistics. We provide solutions that meet your specific needs to keep your shipment moving quickly and safely.

Refrigerated Freight

As Chicago’s resource for secure and trusted temperature-controlled freight carriers, Direct Drive Logistics ensures your shipment is kept safe throughout transit and stored according to your temperature-specific specifications.

Heavy Haul Shipments

When you need heavy haul shipping solutions, Direct Drive Logistics is your solution. We find trusted heavy haul drivers across the United States to get your heaviest shipments and oversize loads delivered safely and on time.

Power-Only Freight

Direct Drive Logistics has nationwide power-only trucking options you can trust and afford. Our freight brokers work with the best owner-operators for trucking across the US to get your shipments delivered safely and on time.

Produce Shipments

Transporting produce in Chicago requires the best trucking services to get the job done well. Direct Drive Logistics is the confident choice for shipping your produce with attention to detail and care.

Chicago Trucking Laws and Regulations

Chicago has laws & regulations regarding the size of loads and required permits needed when shipping freight through the state. Learn more about trucking laws and regulations in Illinois. 

Logistics Consulting

Hire Direct Drive Logistics as an outside consulting firm to determine your potential capability as a 1PL or consider an outsource solution. We're a US-based logistics company that reaches international shores, with personal service that can't be matched. We understand the needs of a variety of international and domestic businesses and industries and can help you thrive.

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Full-Service Freight Logistics Provider

Tell us what you need, and we'll handle it. DDL has more 3PL capabilities than any other in supply chain management. Capabilities including:

  • Fulfillment
  • Warehousing
  • Storage
  • Distribution
  • Comprehensive consulting

We are exactly who you need us to be, where you need us to be in. Let's discuss how we can help you accomplish the shipping needs of YOUR business.

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A Larger Network of Carriers Allows for More Shipping Capabilities

DDL is prepared to handle shipments of all shapes and sizes using a variety of shipping containers. From our connections across the nation, to top independently owned operators, to our own asset-based trucking fleet; DDL has the solutions for you.