Port & Drayage

Covenant understands the critical need for successful port drayage services. Our full-scale logistics portfolio accounts for this to ensure your short hauls are completed successfully and cost-effectively. Our team has the certification and training in place to ensure effortless transportation of both HAZMAT and overweight cargoes from port to their next destinations. Urgent, next-day deliveries and higher-volume seasonal shipments from port can be accommodated.

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Our Drayage Network

Covenant’s drayage network spans the U.S. Southeast and South-Central regions, with dedicated fleets of trucks and equipment. No matter where in the U.S. customers need to move cargo from port, Covenant can provide timely drayage services.

Key Locations:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Savannah, GA
  • Crandall, GA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Anniston, AL
  • Charleston, SC
  • Columbia, SC
  • Greer, SC
  • Spartangburg, SC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Plymouth, NC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Kingsport, TN
  • Memphis, TN
  • West Memphis, AR
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Houston, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Long View, TX

Contact Covenant to establish Port & Drayage services at any of the above locations, or a new location anywhere in the U.S. today.

Our Approach: Backloading is Standard

Providing drayage support from port to the next destination is only part of the equation. For short movements, we make every effort to coordinate backhauls to prevent carriage of empty containers on the return leg. This critical step of “backloading” reduces the total operating cost of the truck across loads and allows Covenant and its customers to maximize freight utilization for both transport legs.

Types of Drayage We Conduct

Expedited Drayage: Expedited drayage is a specialized form of logistics that focuses on the swift and efficient transportation of goods from ports or rail yards to their final destinations. This service is particularly vital when there are time-sensitive constraints involved, requiring not only speed but also precision and reliability.

At Covenant, we leverage state-of-the-art equipment and sophisticated logistics management systems to ensure your goods reach their destination promptly and securely. Our services encompass everything from carrier coordination, logistics management, to smooth operational execution during the drayage process. Our commitment to expedited drayage goes beyond just delivering your goods. It's about creating value for your business by ensuring timely deliveries and minimizing downtime. We understand that in today's fast-paced world, every second counts. That's why our clients trust us to handle their most urgent and time-sensitive shipments.

Inter-carrier Drayage: Inter-carrier drayage is a critical segment of the logistics industry, involving the short-distance transfer of cargo or shipping containers between different carriers. This could be from a seaport to a railyard or from a rail yard to a distribution center. The essence of inter-carrier drayage lies in its capacity to connect the different types of transportation.

At Covenant, we play an instrumental role in facilitating these inter-carrier drayage processes. Our services are designed to manage the complex logistics and paperwork involved in transporting goods from one carrier to another. We coordinate the pickup and delivery of containers, ensuring timely, secure transfers every step of the way. Our commitment to excellence and our unwavering focus on customer satisfaction set us apart in this highly competitive field.

Door-to-door Drayage: Door-to-door drayage is a comprehensive logistics service that ensures the seamless transportation of goods from the point of origin to their final destination. This process typically involves moving containers or trailers by truck from a warehouse or distribution center to a port or rail yard, and subsequently from there to the end location. It's a critical component in the supply chain that bridges the gap between different modes of transportation, ensuring your cargo reaches its destination efficiently and reliably.

At Covenant, we have carved a niche for ourselves as trusted leaders in door-to-door drayage solutions. We provide an integrated approach to logistics management, offering services that include coordinating the pick-up and delivery of containers, handling all necessary paperwork, and guaranteeing that your cargo arrives at its destination on time.

Benefits of Our Solutions

Our real-time tracking service stands as a testament to our commitment to transparency. We provide our clients with the ability to monitor the progress and location of their shipments at any given moment. This feature not only enhances control over the delivery process but also aids in making more informed decisions.

When it comes to on-time delivery, we ensure no stone is left unturned. Our dedicated team and efficient logistics come together to guarantee that your shipments reach their destination as per the agreed-upon schedule.

Finally, our all-in-one solution is a comprehensive answer to all your transportation and logistics needs. From tracking and delivery to warehousing and distribution, we have you covered. This holistic approach simplifies logistics management, allowing you to channel your resources towards business growth.

Flexible Solutions, Designed for You

Covenant’s total portfolio is scalable to accommodate your unique needs. In addition to trusted and reliable land transportation services, Covenant can manage cargo from point-of-pick-up at port through delivery at a customer’s distribution center, warehouse or container yard or to an inland port or railyard. These movements are seamlessly integrated into our total logistics offering and help achieve the best possible outcomes for cargo transportation. Covenant also offers full-scale distribution management center support and other logistics services.

One of these services is the transport of hazmat cargo. Transporting hazmat cargoes is a specialized area of logistics that involves the safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials. These materials, which can range from flammable liquids and gases to radioactive substances, pose significant risks to health, safety, property, and the environment. Given the inherent risks, this sector requires strict adherence to regulations and guidelines to ensure the utmost safety during transportation.

At Covenant, we understand the complexities and challenges involved in Hazmat transportation. Our team of trained professionals is equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to handle these materials with the highest level of care and caution. We ensure comprehensive compliance with all regulatory standards, providing our clients with peace of mind knowing their hazardous cargo is in safe hands.


Ready to combine Port & Drayage services with award-winning transportation, distribution management and other logistics capabilites? Talk to us.
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What is port drayage within the logistics and transportation industry?
Port drayage, within the logistics and transportation industry, is a highly specialized service involving the movement of cargo or shipping containers from a port to a nearby inland location, such as a warehouse or distribution center. This process utilizes specialized drayage carriers or trucks for short-distance transportation, ensuring efficient and secure transfer of goods.
How can port drayage enhance the efficiency of shipments?
Port drayage can significantly enhance the efficiency of shipments by providing a streamlined and cost-effective transportation process. By moving cargo containers from ports to nearby distribution centers or warehouses using specialized vehicles, port drayage ensures a swift and secure transfer of goods. Moreover, it allows for better coordination and synchronization of shipments, leading to improved overall supply chain efficiency.
How does drayage contribute to dealing with port congestion?
Drayage plays a crucial role in dealing with port congestion by facilitating efficient, short-distance transfers of goods from ports to nearby locations such as warehouses or distribution centers. By quickly moving cargo off the docks, drayage helps free up space and improve the flow of the remaining cargo, thereby reducing bottlenecks and congestion. Additionally, the systematic coordination of drayage operations can help manage shipment schedules and prevent delays, further contributing to smoother port operations.