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Trucking Terms

Drayage: Drayage charge is the cost associated with the movement of shipments over a short distance that may be from a warehouse/rail terminal to the port or vice versa. This movement usually happens via trucking services. It is the transportation of a full container via truck.

Fuel Surcharge (FSC): Fuel used for trucks and other equipment used in the tucking and it's never a consistent price.

Chassis: A chassis is a special trailer or undercarriage used to transport ocean containers over the road. A chassis will be necessary for a shipment traveling by truck and will incur a chassis fee.

Pre-Pull: A pre-pull is when a trucker picks up a container from the port and stores it at a trucker's yard. It helps avoid detention/demurrage fees when a container can't immediately be delivered.

Yard Storage: These are the charges for keeping the container in Yard by the trucker.

Port Congestion: A port congestion surcharge (PSC) is an additional charge that reflects the additional expenses that the trucking carriers incur when calling at congested ports.

Overweight: Weight restrictions vary by carrier and state, but generally a TEU (20' container) above 36,000 lbs (Cargo Weight) and a FEU (40' container) above 44,000 lbs (Cargo Weight) is considered to be overweight.

Chassis Split: A chassis split is when the container is not located in the same place as the chassis. In this case, the trucking company may assess a chassis split fee to cover the costs of bringing the chassis to the container location.

Street Turn Container: A street turn refers to an intermodal container being used for one trip, usually a live unload, and then immediately getting used for another trip, usually a live load. In other words if the trucker pull and container for import and delivers the container once it’s empty he can request a shipping line to attach it to an export booking and use the same container for loading an export cargo.


Equipment Interchange Receipt (EIR): An Equipment Interchange Receipt (EIR) is a document that is issued by a carrier or its respective agent to the cargo owner, when a container is moved from one location to another. These locations are often referred to as interchange points and can be between vessels, depots, yards or terminals.

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