Drayage at the Port of Detroit

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Circle Logistics has launched a drayage division to provide support at the Port of Detroit, the largest seaport in the state of Michigan. Circle will provide drayage offerings serving the U.S. and Canada.

This service was developed to alleviate pressure stemming from global shortages in equipment and labour that have extended turnaround times and delays within the drayage process.

Intense backlog at shipping ports has become a prevalent issue affecting every facet of global freight. In addition, the culmination of driver, rubber, truck and chassis shortages has produced a trickle-down effect, making drayage operations increasingly difficult to execute.

“When analyzing the current state of the supply chain we identified an opportunity to apply our most successful end-to-end logistics service philosophies to the drayage industry,” said William Costello, terminal manager, Circle.

“For the past decade, Circle’s operations have committed to providing no-fail service that establishes visibility and reliability, even in the most complex market conditions.”

Included in its division offerings, Circle will connect customers to their private pool of chassis to help alleviate the chassis shortage that has been limiting drayage processes at ports all over the globe for the last year. The matter has only gotten worse since the Norfolk Southern Railway recalled more than 5,000 domestic chassis just last month alone. Circle’s private pool of chassis will be available to haul inbound loads.

Circle’s drayage division will also move 20, 40, 45, and 48ft. intermodal containers and serve 53 ft. domestic lanes. The division will offer truck to port service, pre-pull, storage, same day expedited shipments, and tracking of containers for smoother deliveries with optimized Reefer monitoring.

Equipped with open top in/out of gauge containers, flat rack & tankers, and overweight 20ft & 40ft Tri-axle moves, it can  execute a wide range of drayage operations.

Founded in Fort Wayne in 2011, Circle combines a privately owned asset-based 3PL with the coverage of a public large-scale provider. Circle provides coverage across all modes of transportation in the continental United States and Mexico, including dry van, flatbed, reefer, LTL, expedited, oversize and air.