Drayage refers to the process of transporting goods over a short distance, usually within the same metropolitan area or between nearby cities or ports. This term is commonly used in the shipping and logistics industry to describe the movement of cargo containers or other freight between a port or rail yard and a nearby warehouse or distribution center.
Drayage services are typically provided by local trucking companies or independent owner-operators who specialize in short-distance transport. They use specialized equipment, such as flatbed trucks or intermodal containers, to move cargo quickly and efficiently between different transportation modes, such as from a port to a rail yard or from a rail yard to a warehouse. Drayage is an essential part of the global supply chain, enabling goods to be moved quickly and reliably between different modes of transportation and ultimately to their final destination.