Searching for trucks, BCOs turn to dedicated drayage

US beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) have struggled this year to find truckers to haul their containers from congested rail ramps, sparking new demand from shippers to sign long-term deals to lock in dedicated capacity.

Draymen have been stymied by a double whammy this year that is slowing their productivity. The rough winter caused truckers to wait for hours in line to pick up containers from the railroads in Chicago, Memphis, and other key markets. Although the gridlock has eased up recently, trucking companies still complain about how much time is wasted each day tracking down chassis. Read more at the Journal of Commerce.