Drayage and Transloading

Trusted Port Services: Drayage and Transloading

PITT OHIO’s drayage and transloading service is faster and more effective at retrieving containers from all major East Coast ports and West Coast ports. Count on us for drayage and transloading from the New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, and Los Angeles Ports, or anywhere you import containers. Importers are happy because their products are transported and distributed to their final destination faster avoiding costly per diem charges and demurrage fees.

Let us help you overcome the challenges of ocean freight shipping at the CA, NY, NJ, and VA Ports.

PITT OHIO provides drayage and transloading services for West Coast Ports in California and East Coast ports, including NY. NJ, and VA Ports. Congestion is happening everywhere in the supply chain, and importing your products from overseas adds another level of complexity. If you’re frustrated and time is of the essence, our West Coast and East Coast drayage and transloading service will help you clear the congestion at the ports and deliver on time.


Trapped Containers

There are just not enough trucks and drivers to retrieve my containers from the ports.


Excessive Fees

I’m accruing demurrage fees every day my containers sit at the port, resulting in a busted budget and unhappy customers because of product delays.


Unreliable Trucking

My existing relationships are canceling or delaying carrier pickup.  When trucks do pick up the containers, service failures continue to disappoint me.

Strong Relationships In and Around East Coast Ports

We have strong ties in and around East Coast port locations like the Port of New York and New Jersey.  Our fleet picks up and moves your container and contents through major highways and with our network of service providers.

Using our fleet and strategically located warehouses, we can retrieve your containers, offload and repack and transport them quickly inland. We are faster at retrieving your containers and more creative at finding ways to transport and distribute your product.

What are Drayage and Transloading Services

When a shipment arrives at an East Coast or West Coast Port, a trusted Drayage service can take that shipment and transport it to a destination, typically a local warehouse near the port. Transloading service unloads freight from one mode of transportation and reloads it to another before it reaches its final destination (e.g. Ocean, Rail, LTL trucks and FTL trucks). For inland transportation, Final Mile Service is used to deliver the cargo to its final destination.

Drayage service is considered to be the first mile in the supply chain and it is one of the most important steps. A seamless drayage service on the front end ensures the journey from ship to final destination is a success for importers.  It is reported that there are over 60 million drayage movements each year in North America.

Let’s take a look at how PITT OHIO uses Drayage, Transloading, and Final Mile Transport to help importers with their cargo at the ports, railheads, inland and warehouses.

Drayage, Transloading and Final Mile Transport
Drayage via truck
Drayage and Transloading Services
Transloading and Drayage Services

Importers use a combination of ship, truck, and/or rail to get their products to the buyer’s warehouse. and to the shelves for consumers. There are many steps within the supply chain to get your cargo from ship to shelf, and importers are turning to PITT OHIO for exceptional Drayage and Transloading services.

Drayage and Transloading FAQ’s

Get the answers you need to your questions about Drayage and Transloading Services

Drayage and Transloading are two important processes in the supply chain. Here are the top questions asked by our customers, and the answers from PITT OHIO Drayage and Transloading experts.

FAQ's for drayage and transloading questions

Drayage and Transloading Solutions Covering East Coast Ports

We know the challenges that importers are faced with at the NY and NJ ports.  Our logistics network is strong and one you can depend on.   We have dedicated staff who find, track and move your containers to their destinations safely and on-time. We listen to truly collaborate and provide a solution that works.


Experts at Transportation

Years of experience engineering out of the box, creative solutions that can save you time, money, and aggravation.


Capacity Locaters

Take advantage of the strong relationships we have with the ports and the network of transportation and warehouse providers we have across the country.


Simplify Your Day

We manage the entire drayage and transloading solution for you.  You’ll have 1 point of contact who stays up to date and provides unprecedented attention to detail.


Outstanding Communication

You’re in control how often and how many updates you want to receive from our international manager.  Consider them to be another member of your team you can trust is on top of your solution every step of the way.

Reducing Cost and Time for Importers Drayage, Transloading, and Final Mile Services

When importers contact PITT OHIO for help with containers at east coast and west coast ports, they benefit from experienced logistics professionals known for creative international shipping solutions.  Our International Manager has over a decade of experience helping businesses retrieve containers quickly from the ports and arranging for cost-effective drayage, transloading and final mile deliveries.

Importer transloads freight into a warehouse before final destination

An importer of medical and industrial products was expecting a shipping container of over three million medical gloves at the Port of Los Angeles, which then needed transported to a wholesaler in Oregon.   The importer was initially planning a direct drayage of the container from the LA Port to its final destination in Oregon, but that plan changed for the better following a brief conversation with our logistics team.

The importer made an inquiry to a company checking for options on moving the medical gloves, only to find a high-priced quote.  After speaking with PITT OHIO, the importer learned that we could transload the container to a local warehouse in LA first.  This solution saved the importer potential demurrage fees.  PITT OHIO was able to retrieve and return the container in a timely manner as opposed to the longer transit days to Oregon and back to Los Angeles.

PITT OHIO arranged for the LA warehouse space and warehouse workers to unload the cartons of gloves, palletize them by SKU number, and load the shipment into a dry van.  When the warehouse workers completed the job, PITT OHIO arranged for final mile delivery from the LA warehouse to Oregon.

The importer saved 20% in their budget by agreeing to PITT OHIO’s more economical solution to transload the container to an LA warehouse first.   In addition to their own budget savings, the importers customer had a better experience also.  The gloves were already palletized saving the customer time and resources when the gloves arrived.

The importer received unprecedented attention from PITT OHIO’s international team responsible for crafting this transloading, drayage and final mile solution.  By booking the entire solution with PITT OHIO, the importer saved needed time in the day because they did not need to contact and coordinate the move between multiple carriers. Trusting PITT OHIO for the entire solution proved convenient for the manufacturer and provided peace of mind the shipment would be handled promptly and damage free.

PITT OHIO has the experience importers trust for efficient and cost-effective transloading, drayage and final mile solutions. Importers from a variety of industries rely on our history of providing creative and successful transportation solutions.  Contact us today and we’ll determine if there is a more creative solution for your international shipping containers.

Tips to Avoid Double Brokering Drayage and Transloading Freight

Double brokering, as defined in transloading and drayage logistics, is a practice in which a broker accepts a load or shipping container from an importer and then re-brokers it to another broker or carrier without the knowledge or consent of the shipper/importer. It is illegal in the United States for a broker to hide that they are using an additional broker, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) protects importers from unethical double brokering practices.

Breathe a sigh of relief, PITT OHIO’s transloading services and drayage services are primarily asset-based and very rarely is even a single broker used. We take a consultative approach to understand your container import needs and are upfront and honest with importers about the details of the transloading and drayage services we arrange. Reputable companies that have the proper resources and capacity to handle your freight will avoid putting shippers and importers in a double broker situation. Read on for further explanation of the risks associated with re-brokered freight, and how you can avoid getting caught in a costly double broker contract.

There are a number of reasons why double brokering is considered to be a negative practice.  Shippers should be aware of this practice and the risks involved, which include:

  1. Delays in the delivery of freight
    Double brokering adds an extra layer of bureaucracy to the transportation process. Communication delays or inconsistent direction in the chain of command could cause delivery issues as well.
  2. Higher transportation costs
    When a broker double brokers a load, they are essentially taking a commission from both the shipper and the carrier. This can add significant costs to the transportation process.
  3. Safety risks
    Double brokering puts the freight in the hands of a carrier that they may not know or trust. This can create safety risks for the freight and for the people who are handling it.

Here are some tips for shippers to avoid double brokering:

  • Do your research. Before you hire a broker, do your research to make sure that they are reputable and that they do not engage in double brokering.
  • Get everything in writing. When you hire a broker, make sure that you get everything in writing, including the terms of the contract and the broker's fee structure. This will help to protect you if the broker tries to double broker your load.
  • Be aware of the signs. If you suspect that a broker is double brokering your load, there are a few signs that you can look for. These include:
    • The broker is unable to provide you with the name of the carrier that will be transporting your freight.
    • The broker is unwilling to give you a written contract.
    • The broker's fee structure is unusually high.

By following these tips, shippers can help to avoid double brokering and protect themselves from the negative consequences of this practice.  PITT OHIO’s consultative approach means we take the time to understand your drayage needs, which leads to a seamless experience for importers.

Our Transloading & Drayage Customers Say It Best

“Recently we ran into an issue where we needed to move a container inland and it was mistakenly only booked to LAX. Where did we turn? To our trusted partners at PITT OHIO. Their Supply Chain team got to work immediately and offered us solutions that met our needs, at a competitive price. We ended up deciding to transload in California and truck to final destination. From beginning to end, they handled it with exceptional service levels that met our every need.”

John, Glove Manufacturer

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