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Selecting a Drayage Provider in California

Selecting a Drayage Provider in California

When selecting a drayage services provider in California for your requirements, you need to search for asset-based intermodal trucking companies who are port-centric and who have extensive experience in multiple-hub cargo moves and intermodal transportation. Key benefits to be mindful of when researching providers online should also include identifying (Nothern/Southern California) facilities close to major ports that are customs bonded, and fully insured with the options of having dedicated account representatives to assist with handling your standard/complex requirements. 

 

These key components when selecting the right drayage services provider are essential for your company to save costs and to help ensure peace of mind that your freight is handled professionally from beginning to end. Shipping and transporting freight is not always a straight line when it comes to your supply chain requirements- you need experts to help manage and customize solutions based on your needs. Here is a list of other service benefits you should consider when selecting the right drayage services provider:

 

Transloading: search for an over-the-road ("OTR") transloading provider that has years of experience in transporting and shipping goods internationally from one inland point to another. This service can also help you avoid equipment storage and/or demurrage charges. 

 

Cross-docking: search for a provider that has local warehousing and distribution facilities close to all major ports that also specializes in logistics procedures where products from a supplier or manufacturing plant are distributed directly to a customer or retail chain.

 

Intermodal transportation: search for a company that owns equipment including trucks, trailers, and chassis that also has experience in complicated container moves utilizing rail, ship, and intermodal trucking. Finding a provider that specializes in domestic rail service to all major railyards is an added benefit as well.

 

Dependable's asset-based harbor and intermodal transportation division handle all nationwide drayage moves for containers coming from or going to West Coast seaports. In addition to container drayage, we specialize in complex multiple-hub cargo moves through multimodal transportation strategies with complete warehousing and distribution services via our warehousing division.

 

Learn more about DHE's Harbor Drayage/Intermodal services today!

 

Drayage & Intermodal Services

Drayage & Intermodal Services

Why Your Business Needs Drayage Services

The words drayage and intermodal drayage may not be familiar to you, but these services are responsible for a large number of goods you use, buy, eat and even wear daily. Drayage is an essential link in the safe and secure transport of goods from one point to another, usually for short distances. On the other hand, intermodal freight transport is the method of transportation of goods in an intermodal or shipping container. With intermodal freight containers, large amounts of goods may be transported through long distances in the most efficient manner. 

 

Drayage is shipping freight in a short distance while intermodal freight is for long distances. Businesses big and small use these services to take their products from the manufacturing plant to where their customers are located. Without quality drayage and intermodal freight services, meeting deadlines for the movement of goods and services to your customers will impact your bottom line. If your business ships goods, you must use a dependable and efficient drayage company with years of experience and proven service. 

 

How do you find the ideal drayage service that’s right for your business?  Here are some factors to consider:

 

•    Proximity to rail yards and ports

Is the drayage company you want to use near rail yards and ports? Does the rail yard or port run 24 hours? This is important because a port that works 24 hours coupled with a company that can transport goods all day would be able to ship your products faster and more efficiently as well.

•    Drayage company with local assets

A company that resides close to the ports and has local assets will surely have the insight into what goes on in the local market. 

•    Equipment condition

Drayage companies with old and worn out equipment may find it hard to fulfill their obligations to your company. These could suffer from equipment failure and repairs that will only cost you valuable time. Always look for a company with new, working or quality equipment (trucks, refrigeration equipment, forklifts, etc.) to ensure the safety and quality of your goods as well. 

•    Experienced drivers

Drivers should be experienced with local routes and are trained to handle large equipment and new monitoring equipment.

•    Flexible shifts, flexible service

Do you know that you can save on shipping when you ship during the off-hours? A company with this flexible service/schedule is rare but is something that you must include when you make your decision.

•    Check for regulations and compliance

Check the company’s compliance with local regulations on shipping. Usually, this is communicated on the drayage service website. 

 

With facilities in the Southern California overweight corridor, Dependable Supply Chain Services can quickly meet any requirement you have for handling overweight import/export containers. Our asset-based harbor and intermodal division handle all nationwide drayage moves for containers coming from or going to West Coast seaports. In addition to container drayage, we specialize in complex multiple-hub cargo moves through multimodal transportation strategies with complete warehousing and distribution services via our warehousing division.