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Nationwide Drayage Services

At Direct Drive Logistics, we specialize in offering Nationwide drayage services. We have a dedicated and secure network of domestic and international carriers to ensure that your freight gets from point A to point B as quickly as possible. 

Note: We do NOT broker loads for independent contractor carriers. We already have a dedicated team of domestic and international carriers. If you’d like to apply to become one, check out our careers page. 


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Nationwide Drayage Services

Drayage Services offered by Direct Drive Logistics

How Does Drayage Service Work?

Our drayage service works by picking up your freight from the port and moving them to a second location, like a distribution center or warehouse. Drayage is often the “first step” on the journey. 

Benefits of Drayage Carriers

Drayage carriers are an essential part of the supply chain. Without them, ports would become logjammed with freight and the entire supply chain would be affected, similar to what happened during the pandemic of 2020. Other benefits of drayage carriers include: 

  • Cost: Transporting your freight over short distances via truck can save both time and money.
  • Accuracy: We use state-of-the-art warehouse software to manage shipments and ensure accuracy.
  • Security: Our staff is highly experienced with drayage operations and will ensure that your freight makes it from point A to point B without an issue. 

What's the difference between Drayage Work & Intermodal Shipping?

“Intermodal shipping” refers to the shipping of freight in a variety of vehicles, like container ships, semi-trucks, trains, etc. Drayage shipping is a part of intermodal shipping. It’s what happens when goods are transferred from a ship onto a truck or train, and then transported to the next location on the leg of the journey. 

What can be included in drayage imports/exports?

Pretty much anything that can be shipped legally in the United States is included in drayage imports/exports. As long as it can be physically moved from point A to point B, it can be part of the drayage. 

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Drayage Services FAQ's

What is Drayage?

Drayage is the short-distance transport of freight from a port to a secondary location, like a warehouse or distribution center. An estimated 30 million containers move in and out of the United States per year and each of these containers requires at least two drayage moves per trip. 

Where does the term drayage come from?

The term “drayage” was first used in the 1500s and was popular through the early 1900s. Back then, freight from ships was unloaded onto “dray carts” and then pulled to a secondary location by “dray horses.” 

Is Drayage expensive?

Drayage can be expensive and time-consuming since the feight is harder to load and unload when it’s coming from a port. However, we have a dedicated network of reliable drivers with an impeccable safety record to keep costs down. 

What is a drop fee in drayage?

Also known as a bobtail fee, a drop fee is charged by the trucking company when they drop off and pick up a load. 

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