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Intermodal Transportation

What is Drayage? 

Drayage is a term used to describe the moving of container freight over short distances, mainly in the same city between rials facilities, ports or other shipping hubs. 

Drayage moves can include:

1. Moving cargo from port to port or rail to rail

2. Port to the rail yard

3. Port to warehouse/shipping hub

4. Facility to the port, rail yard, or another facility

The history of Drayage 

In history, the term drayage originally stems from the term dray, a low cart without fixed sides that could be used for carrying heavy loads a short distance. Although dray is defined as a cart historically, dray may be any vehicle used to transport heavy loads a short distance, including a sled, wagon, or carriage. 

Drayage Today

In the early years, drayage services were considered a risky move for shippers and IMC’s. Today, a majority of that risk is gone, and rail intermodal is an essential part of most supply chains’ transportation portfolio. Drayage services have proven its value, experienced growth, and earned the respect of the Class I railroads as well as world-class shippers. It stands on the threshold of a new ear of growth as challenges mount for long-haul truckloads. While a lot of long-haul conversions have taken place, regional opportunities in the east are proving drayage services are not just a mode for cross-country freight moves.

Ultimately, any successful logistics operation starts with proper planning; let our team be your drayage advisor. Being in Cincinnati Taylor is located next to two major inland ports that service the entire midwest region. In addition to our local ports, our fleet also services Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Chicago. From picking up freight and moving it to the next hub, Taylor drayage services are an efficient solution for your intermodal strategy. 

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Intermodal Transportation, Taylor Information, Third Party Logistics

The information below represents average container sizes and limitations for steam-ship line equipment. There could be variances in the dimensions between some containers and the numbers below. Additionally, these numbers represent the containers’ limitations; in many cases state laws further limit the weight capacity of these containers for over-the-road transport.

20’ Container

Inside Length: 19’ 4.25”

Inside Width: 92.5”

Inside Height: 94”

Weight Restrictions: 38,000 lbs

Pallets: 9–10

40’ Container

Inside Length: 39’ 5.69”

Inside Width: 92.5”

Inside Height: 94”

Weight Restrictions: 43,500 lbs

Pallets: 20

40’ High Cube Container

Inside Length: 39’ 5.69’

Inside Width: 92.5”

Inside Height: 104”

Weight Restrictions: 43,500

Pallets: 20

45’ Container High Cube Container

Inside Length 44’ 5.59”

Inside Width: 92.59”

Inside Height: 106”

Weight Restrictions: 43,500

Pallets: 22

53’ High Cube Container

Inside Length: 52’ 6.5”

Inside Width: 98.5”

Inside Height: 109.5”

Weight Restrictions: 43,500

Pallets: 26-30

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