Finally, let’s go through a few questions we often get about drayage service. If you have any additional questions, you can always contact our team.
What Is Drayage Service?
Drayage service moves cargo over short distances via truck. For example, moving a container from the Port of Los Angeles to an intermodal hub would be considered drayage service.
What Does Drayage Do?
Drayage is a short-haul trucking service that moves freight to a nearby location. It might connect two modes of transportation, such as ocean and long-haul trucking. Drayage can also move freight between locations within a contained area, such as two distribution centers located in the same greater metropolitan area.
What Is an Example of Drayage?
If a driver picks up a container at the Port of Long Beach and delivers it to a nearby warehouse for unloading, that would be an example of drayage.
Why Do They Call It Drayage?
Drayage finds its origin in the word dray—a cart used to move heavy loads. These carts were pulled by horses, called dray horses. The goods loaded onto these carts were heavy, so the dray horses could only take them so far. As a result, drayage became synonymous for moving cargo over short distances.
What Is the Difference Between Drayage and Long-Haul?
The difference between drayage (short-haul trucking) and long-haul trucking lies mainly in the distance traveled. Just as it sounds, short-haul trucking/drayage involves quick trips, while long-haul trucking involves transporting cargo over greater distances.
Because of this difference, drayage and long-haul trucking utilize different equipment. Long-haul trucks are designed for extended journeys, while drayage trucks are designed for trips that last no longer than a day.
What Kind of Trucks Are Used for Drayage?
The trucks used for drayage are generally heavy-duty, Class 7 and 8 trucks. Traditionally, these vehicles have been diesel powered. However, there’s a significant movement toward zero-emissions drayage trucks. This is especially true in California, where Advanced Clean Fleets regulation is aimed at 100% zero-emission drayage trucks in the state by 2035.