Drayage Logistics Solutions in NC

You know the importance of reliable transportation without delays if your company ships freight. However, it’s easy for cargo to get held up and even lost as it travels across ports and shipping facilities. With drayage trucking services, you can ensure that your loads reach their intended destinations quickly, safely, and affordably.

Crown LSP Group is a third-party logistics (3PL) provider that offers professional drayage services to keep your freight moving efficiently through the intermodal shipping process.

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What Is Drayage Shipping?

Container drayage services are specialty logistics services that move freight across short distances between long hauls of intermodal transport. Trucks carry goods between shipping hubs like ports, rail yards, and facilities through this shipping method. After loading the containers onto the truck trailers, they travel to a storage facility or warehouse, where they await the next step in the intermodal shipping process.

Port drayage services are essential in the cold chain logistics and container industries. They are used to ship many heavy loads, such as steel, metals, and even automobiles. Additionally, drayage shipping is a common service utilized by all types of industries. In particular, companies within the consumer goods, paper, plastic, and pharmaceutical industries are among those who rely heavily on drayage services to fulfill their shipping needs.

The Benefits of Using 3PL for Drayage Transportation

Implementing port drayage services into your logistics process is an excellent way to optimize your business. When you use a 3PL provider like Crown LSP Group for drayage services, you’ll experience all the advantages of working with a reliable drayage carrier:

  • Cost savings: Renting containers and investing in air freight can be expensive. When you book drayage trucking services with a 3PL, you’ll save considerable time and money shipping goods across shorter distances using an affordable road network.
  • Efficiency: Ports can get extremely busy, posing the risk of clogged terminals and delayed shipments. 3PLs have access to local distribution centers and warehouses they can use to keep containers moving to the proper locations without holdups.
  • Visibility: A drayage carrier constantly monitors freight to ensure it reaches its destination. You’ll have access to tracking information and estimated arrival times.
  • Safety: Working with a 3PL for drayage services means gaining greater control over your cargo, helping you improve safety and minimize the risk of damage and losses. These companies are highly trained to handle loads with maximum safety and security in mind.
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Why Choose Crown LSP Group as Your Drayage Partner?

Crown LSP Group is a family-owned 3PL distribution services company that’s been proudly serving customers with logistics services since 1987. We offer a comprehensive range of distribution solutions, including warehousingvalue-added servicestransportation and logistics, and on-site warehouse operations.

Customers choose us as their go-to drayage carrier due to our:

  • Industry expertise in drayage trucking services.
  • Ability to meet capacity demands.
  • Flexible, scalable solutions.
  • Reliable, high-quality customer service.
  • Personalized solutions to meet your needs.

Drayage Services (FAQs)

The process of transporting cargo over short distances is known as drayage. Drayage usually involves moving freight from a port or terminal to another mode of transportation, facilitating efficient delivery of goods. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive on drayage trucking services.

You can choose between a few different drayage methods depending on time constraints and other customer requirements. Options include:

  • Port drayage: Pier drayage involves transporting cargo from a rail terminal to a pier or dock for ocean shipping.
  • Shuttle drayage: Typically, shuttle drayage is used when the origin hub is overcrowded. An intermodal cargo unit is moved to a temporary shipping point.
  • Expedited drayage: Expedited drayage is utilized for time-sensitive deliveries like same-day shipping services.
  • Intra-carrier drayage: Intra-carrier drayage is a service that involves moving cargo to more than one hub owned by the same carrier.
  • Inter-carrier drayage: Inter-carrier drayage is used to transport cargo between various carriers. For instance, this approach may involve transporting goods from a rail station to a trucking terminal.
  • Door-to-door drayage: Door-to-door drayage is a popular method that involves using a truck to deliver the container directly to the retail customer.

The information required to coordinate drayage service includes the container size, the arrival date, the weight of the load, whether the contents are hazardous and whether the contents are refrigerated.

A few fees may be involved with drayage transportation, including:

  • Base fees: The base fee accounts for the amount of handling required, the distance to transport, and the weight of the freight.
  • Toll fees: Carriers that are charged tolls during the drayage service typically pass the fee on to the shipper.
  • Drop fees: You may incur drop fees when the carrier drops the container at a distribution center or warehouse for pickup later rather than live-loading the cargo.
  • Pre-pull fees: Pre-pull fees tend to occur when an early morning appointment or delivery is necessary, which could cause a carrier to need to store the cargo until it’s time to deliver it.
  • Accessorial fees: Accessorial fees can include equipment costs.
  • Chassis split fees: Chassis split fees are charged when there is no chassis available at the container location. When this situation occurs, a carrier may need to spend extra time and mileage picking up the chassis.
  • Fuel and mileage surcharges: Since fuel prices fluctuate, a carrier may add on a surcharge for shipments to balance out costs.
  • Demurrage and detention fees: These fees are charged when the carrier needs to stay longer than the allotted time when picking up or delivering cargo.

You should ideally provide several days of advance notice on a drayage load. Some wait to engage drayage services until the load reaches the port. You should try to coordinate drayage service as soon as possible to get the best possible pricing and minimize how long your container sits at the railyard or port.

The various types of drayage containers vary by function and size specifications. Containers are made from either aluminum or steel and have restrictions on the maximum weight of the contents loaded for shipment. A drayage transportation company may handle the following types of containers:

  • Flat rack containers
  • Open top containers
  • High cube containers
  • Refrigerated containers
  • Dry or standard containers

Contact Crown LSP Group for Your Drayage Transportation Needs

You can experience the benefits of container drayage services with Crown LSP Group. We’ve spent decades developing a deep understanding of distribution and warehousing demands. We use this knowledge to optimize our processes while getting the job done faster, better, and cheaper than the competition.

Contact us to learn more about our drayage services today!

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