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What Is Drayage?


The term drayage refers to the transporting of goods a short distance, usually between intermodal drayage points. The history of drayage originates from when dray horses would move goods to or from a major port to houses, farms, and factories.

Drayage freight is handled similarly, moving containers and shipments from ocean ports to warehouses, rail yards, and factories. While containers can travel in bulk on an ocean freighter or a train to major ports and rail yards, drayage transportation handles the delivery of specific containers or cargo within a container to their final destination when shipping freight.

When Is Drayage Shipping Used?

Drayage shipping transports goods short distances to their final destinations within a metropolitan area. While drayage is a key process in the international shipping and logistics industry, it also plays a crucial role in consumer products.

Shopping malls often have a loading dock where all stores receive shipments transported by drayage carriers. This also occurs for major trade shows, as trucks bring in exhibits, products, and equipment. The coordination of these short trips is possible due to drayage logistics and an extensive movers network.

The drayage process is also a crucial connection in rail and other intermodal services. According to the Intermodal Association of North America, intermodal freight in North America increased by approximately 80% between 2000 and 2019.

Drayage Logistics

At Asiana USA, we coordinate efficiently with customers to ensure the smooth delivery and return of containers, resulting in cost savings and better customer satisfaction for you and your customer. With our top-of-the-line tracking systems, we can provide you and your customers with up-to-the-minute updates on your intermodal units and always ensure your cargo is shipped in a manner that effectively optimizes costs and timeliness for your drayage shipment.

We develop and nurture relationships with many trucking companies, so we can provide flexible scheduling options to suit different client needs instead of just relying on intra-carrier routes. This helps us plan routes ahead of time and offer the best rates possible to get your goods from ports to warehouses, distributors, rail ramps, and more in all weather conditions.

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Drayage service can be a tricky and precise business, connecting a lot of moving parts. At Asiana USA, we have made it our business to work with a reliable network of long-distance movers and short distance truckers that make up so much of the beginning and end of our customer’s supply chain.

Our national drayage professionals can help you make the right choices for transporting your goods locally, regionally, or globally. Call us today at (855) 500-1808 to learn how you can start shipping and building your supply chain.


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We have been dealing with the experts at Asiana USA for many years in their California and China offices. Their agents are helpful, considerate, and detail-oriented and we confidently suggest their services to any company looking for specialized logistic and shipping providers. Their agents patiently handle numerous information requests and react quickly to any questions concerning shipments we always have the impression that our business is a priority.

The courteous staff at Asiana USA is always there when you need them. They exhibit a high level of professionalism in every interaction with their clients and respond promptly to any inquiry. As a returning customer, I highly recommend the services provided by Asiana USA for anyone looking for a logistics company that is driven by efficiency and respect for the customer’s individual needs. Their endless efforts in catering to our logistics needs for the international export of our products are more than appreciated.

I enjoy working with the staff at Asiana USA because I truly feel that my company’s needs are their focus. No matter the issue or question that my team has in the logistics process, an agent at Asiana USA has the answers. They are pioneers in their field, and their expertise is evident in their efficient customer service protocol.

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