Why the use of independent drivers for port drayage is a risk that large importers can’t afford to take.
Most port drayage – moving containers to and from seaports – is handled by independent drivers, also called owner-operators. Some of the country’s largest importers, are at significant risk due to this dependence on owner-operators.
Increasing regulations and other trucking industry trends will reduce dray capacity and service quality and greatly increase financial liability for beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) that continue to rely on owneroperators, either directly or indirectly.
This SalSon Viewpoint paper explains why importers may want to foster relationships with asset-based dray carriers to reduce risk.