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There are six (6) different types of drayage, that depend on the method of shipping, and the volume of freight that is being moved for the commercial business:
Pier drayage is a direct pick-up of imported goods, or drop-off of full or break-bulk cargo to a dock or pier from a trans-modal hub.
Drayage is a term utilized by the shipping and logistics sector to describe the process of transporting goods over short distances. While drayage can be used for minor transporting of goods, usually it is confined to use by the container shipping industry.
The intermodal drayage or container drayage process originates with the receiving of freighted goods at an intermodal point, a warehouse, or a marine point. The cargo received is then separated, loaded and taken to its subsequent destination point.
Surprisingly, drayage has a history that stretches back much farther than many would suspect. While current methods for drayage utilize modern shipping and containing equipment, drayage actually predates the current industrial era and originated with older container types. The term “drayage” come from the name of a house-drawn cart referred to as a “dray.” Because of physical limits of the horses used in this process, delivery only occurred over short distances, usually near marine ports, and railroad and canal terminals. This methodology was utilized through the 19th Century until the early 1900s, at which time trucks became the standardized equipment for drayage.