Drayage is a term used mostly in the shipping and logistics industry. By definition, drayage is the transportation of goods over a short distance. Often, it is part of a longer length haul that can be completed in one shift.
If we were to get specific about the definition, it can also mean, “a pickup via vehicle to or from a seaport, inland point, boarder point, or intermodal terminal with both the trip origin and destination being in the same general area.” Additionally, the term can be used to name the fee paid for these services.
A look at the term’s history reveals that it got its modern day name from the act of transporting goods via a sidles cart drawn by a horse team known as a dray. Due to the physical limitations of the horses, these carts were only pulled short distances to deliver local goods and other items. This form of transportation was typically found around marine ports, as well as canal and railroad terminals.
Today, port drayage is a blanket term for short-hauls from ports and other areas to locations close by. Though trucks have long since replaced dray carts, the term remains in use today. Drayage is an important aspect of the shipment and transportation of bulk items and materials to and from other means of transportation.
If you would like to know more about drayage and role it plays in both long and short haul transportation, we welcome you to contact us to learn more.