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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 Philadelphia.

  • 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 Philadelphia

Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia or forming a full-fledged 3PL partnership with diverse needs in trucking, air, ocean or rail freight. Direct Drive Logistics provides freight management and logistical solutions for the entire state of Pennsylvania including: Philadelphia to Alburquerque, Philadelphia to Baltimore, Philadelphia to Denver, Philadelphia to Houston, Philadelphia to Phoenix, Philadelphia to PittsburgPhiladelphia to Seattle and Philadelphia to St. Louis.     

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 shipments to and from Philadelphia.

Shipping To and From Philadelphia

From the Schuylkill Expressway to the Walt Whitman Bridge, shipping in Philadelphia is a maze of regulations. Navigating weight restrictions, cargo facility procedures and the city’s historic layout can frustrate newcomers and lead to costly shipping violations. Fortunately, Direct Drive Logistics has the local Philadelphia knowledge to expertly manage freight movement. Our team knows where low bridges create height limits and which routes encounter tight turns requiring special trailers.

While shipping Philadelphia freight may seem bewildering to outsiders, it’s business as usual for our specialists. Trust Direct Drive Logistics to bypass headaches stemming from local bridge laws, weight limits, commercial vehicle bans and other complex Philadelphia shipping rules.

Oversized Loads in Philadelphia

According to the City of Philadelphia, a standard special hauling permit is required for vehicles or loads exceeding specific dimensions or weight limits, such as over 40 ft. long as a single vehicle, over 60 ft. long as a combination vehicle or over 80,000 lb. in weight. The permit cost for a standard one-way, one-time move is $85 and if the vehicle has been impounded, the permit cost is $170, with a requirement to indicate the impoundment on the application.

A super load special hauling permit is necessary for vehicles or loads surpassing specific dimensions or weight limits, including those over 160 ft. long, 16 ft. wide, 16 ft. high or 201,000 lb. The permit cost for a super load one-way, one-time move is $170 and if the vehicle has been impounded, the permit cost is $340, with the requirement to specify impoundment on the application.

Standard Special Hauling Permit: Required for vehicles over 40 ft. long, 60 ft. long as a combination, or over 80,000 lb.

Super Load Special Hauling Permit: Required for vehicles over 160 ft. long, 16 ft. wide, 16 ft. high, or 201,000 lb.

Philadelphia Shipping Options

Over the Road (OTR) Trucking

Direct Drive Logistics is your partner in managing ground freight and over-the-road (OTR) trucking operations efficiently. Our freight management services cover both full truckload (FTL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) options to drive your business towards success. We provide a wide range of shipping containers and trailer dimensions to ensure the most cost-effective and efficient shipping solutions. Our diverse fleet includes various types of trucks and trailers, including Flatbed Trucks/Trailers, Dry Van Trailers, Conestoga Trailers, Curtainside Flatbed Trailers, Refrigerated Freight Carriers, Power-Only Trucking and more. Trust Direct Drive Logistics for comprehensive freight management services.

Full Truckload (FTL) Freight

Direct Drive Logistics is your reliable and cost-effective choice for full truckload (FTL) freight shipping services in Philadelphia. We specialize in managing FTL loads weighing between 15,000 and 45,000 pounds. Our team of experienced freight logistics consultants provides personalized attention and exceptional care to ensure the safe and timely delivery of your shipment. Request a quote for our FTL freight shipping services to get started. Please note that our rates may vary depending on the origin and destination of the shipment. Trust Direct Drive Logistics for all your FTL freight shipping.

Light Truckload (LTL) Freight

Direct Drive Logistics is the perfect choice for dependable and reliable freight management in Philadelphia. We offer tailored solutions for your less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping requirements based on your specific volume needs. Our Volume LTL freight carriers are ideal for transporting five or more pallets, providing the same dependable service as our full truckload freight shipping options at a more affordable rate. Additionally, we offer a variety of customizable truckload freight shipping solutions to suit your needs. Count on Direct Drive Logistics to handle your freight with the utmost care and efficiency.

Expedited Freight

For expedited domestic and international shipments, Direct Drive Logistics is a trusted and efficient freight broker. Our team is committed to finding the best possible solutions for your freight needs, ensuring secure and timely delivery. We offer fast online quotes and 24/7 freight shipping options to streamline the process and alleviate any stress. We understand the significance of meeting time-sensitive shipment requirements and provide around-the-clock services to fulfill your needs.

Refrigerated Freight

Direct Drive Logistics offers tailored freight solutions for the transportation of temperature-sensitive goods, including perishable items and pharmaceutical products. We provide customized refrigerated transportation services to meet your specific needs, whether you require full truckload (FTL) or less than truckload (LTL) services. Our reliable transportation options and expertise enable us to handle your temperature-controlled shipments with precision and efficiency. Trust Direct Drive Logistics for the safe and secure transportation of your perishable and temperature-sensitive goods.

Heavy Haul Shipments

Choose Direct Drive Logistics for your heavy haul transportation needs across the United States, including in Philadelphia. Our team is reliable and affordable, with a 99.9% claim-free record for freight delivery. Our expedited box trucks and cargo vans come equipped with heavy-duty hydraulic liftgates, which simplify the loading and unloading of heavy freight for our drivers and owner-operators. At Direct Drive Logistics, we are committed to handling your heavy haul shipments with the utmost care and efficiency.

Power-Only Freight

Direct Drive Logistics provides cost-effective and dependable power-only trucking services across the United States, including Philadelphia. Our team of skilled freight brokers works alongside trusted owner-operators to guarantee the safe and timely delivery of your cargo. Thanks to our vast experience and network, we can benefit from volume discounts, allowing us to offer competitive pricing for our services. You can rely on Direct Drive Logistics to offer customized power-only trucking solutions that cater to your specific shipping requirements.

Produce Shipments

Transporting perishable goods such as produce requires specialized care, which not every freight broker can provide. Unlike non-perishable items, the transportation of perishables demands state-of-the-art refrigeration and skilled drivers. At Direct Drive Logistics, we recognize the significance of handling your high-risk commodities with utmost care. Our trusted produce brokerage ensures that your produce is transported by experienced drivers and state-of-the-art refrigeration systems, providing you with the best possible service.

Philadelphia Trucking Laws and Regulations

Philadelphia 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 Pennsylvania.


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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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.