Drayage Trucking Services 

Container drayage plays a pivotal role in the seamless flow of goods within the realm of intermodal transportation. As an integral component of this multifaceted system, drayage involves the short-distance transportation of shipping containers between ports, rail yards, and distribution centers. This crucial link in the supply chain ensures the swift and efficient transfer of cargo, facilitating the global movement of goods from ships to various modes of land transportation.

What is Drayage?

Drayage services offer a solution for efficient short-distance freight transportation. It’s part of the supply chain that links with intermodal freight logistics. As an essential component of the container shipping trade, drayage addresses the complexities of seamlessly transitioning cargo from ships to trains and from trains to trucks. Drayage operations are the strategic movement of containers across diverse settings, including warehouses, rail terminals, truck yards and ocean ports.

Drayage has a vital role in optimizing the flow of goods, enhancing the efficiency of intermodal transportation, and meeting the evolving demands of the container shipping industry.

At Fastfrate, we know drayage trucking companies are an integral part of what makes the supply chain function, ensuring that arrivals and departures are accurate and logistics run smoothly. Our network is capable of handling these services and aims to provide solutions regarding your requirements.

Drayage vs. Transload

Where drayage is moving freight over short distances, transloading moves that cargo from one mode of transport to another. This might be from train to truck or truck to pier. More often than not, these services rely on each other to complete their functions and take place at a warehouse.

For example, if you’re using intermodal shipping to transport your goods, they are likely moving long distances and require more steps to reach their destination. A full truck could arrive at a warehouse, where a drayage service is needed to move the container to a rail system. From there, transloading would need to take place to get it on the train and head for its final destination area. Once it arrives, transloading would move it to another container drayage, which might go on to deliver it to customers depending on its proximity to the train or the train’s warehouse. 

Benefits of Outsourcing Your Drayage Needs 

Without extensive knowledge of the transportation and shipping industry, you might be unaware of drayage needs as they relate to your cargo. If so, your freight may be unable to be moved to a midpoint destination and get held up, creating delays for you or your customers and ultimately causing problems for your business. Outsourcing your shipping needs to drayage trucking companies ensures that nothing slips through the cracks and that solutions are available where issues might arise.

When you choose to work with Fastfrate and CDI, your business will have access to the following:

  • More than 500 drivers who are capable of drayage services.
  • Over 1,000 chassis for a combination of 20’ to 40′ through 53′ in both tandem and tridem, meaning your cargo will always get where it needs to be.
  • A fleet of 100+ trailers, including tandem, tridem, dry van and heated, to suit your freight’s unique needs.
  • Eight transload facilities located throughout Canada that are adjacent to CP Rail yards for quick and easy container drayage transport.

The ONLY Coast-to-Coast Drayage Company

Our trucking fleet is equipped with company-owned extendable container chassis and reverse B-Train chassis. We have more than 500 trucks on the road daily to serve your drayage requirements throughout Canada. We’re flexible and knowledgeable and know how to work within your operating systems and reporting structures. Along with U.S. port cities on the Atlantic seaboard, we transport your containers to and from the ports and rail yards located in:

  • Vancouver
  • Vancouver Island
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Regina
  • Winnipeg
  • Toronto
  • Montreal
  • Halifax

Why Choose Fastfrate and CDI?

With a partner in logistics that knows the inner workings of the industry, you could be able to save time, money, and energy trying to determine the best way to move your cargo. At Fastfrate and CDI, we take the guesswork out of it and employ our expertise, connections, and knowledge. Our industry experience has spanned over 50 years, and we continue to expand our horizons and source solutions for our customers. While drayage might not be top of mind for you, it is for us, along with all other shipping needs.

While our services are exceptional, our customer service is unmatched. We’ll walk you through every step of the shipping process to ensure you know exactly where your freight is going and, most importantly, how it will get there. Customized solutions are part of our business, and we serve customers’ needs in whatever way we can. As we grow, we aim to always be an asset to the companies we work with. Our company profile says it all. Contact us to get started with drayage services or to find out how we can help with your logistic needs.