As a shipper, you may frequently encounter your containers reaching you late. To answer this question, understanding the common reasons as well as how your haulier plans their trips for their drivers is essential, so that you can better work with your hauliers and plan ahead.
The reasons for your container’s late arrival is non-exhaustive, but below are a few common ones.
Speed Limit of Heavy Vehicles
Driver’s Existing Schedule
Before we move on, here’s a quick recap of some key terms:
Here’s a quick overview of how a typical day for a driver is planned:
|5am||EXPORT – CUSTOMER SITE > PORT
• The first trip of the day is usually an export trip.
• Drivers will need to collect a loaded container from the customers’ warehouse before making their way the port. The container may have already been picked up the day before.
• This can start as early as 5am.
• The driver will then wait for the container to be picked up and loaded onto the vessel for export.
|6am||IMPORT – PORT
• Since the driver is already at the port, the next trip is ideally an import trip.
• They will usually pick up an import container that has been offloaded from a vessel.
|7am||IMPORT – CUSTOMER SITE
• Next, the driver will bring the import container to the customer’s premises (e.g. at Woodlands).
• The container, sitting atop the trailer, will be left at the customer’s premises.
|7.30am||EMPTY RETURN – CUSTOMER SITE
• The driver will then proceed to truck out an empty container to return to the depot at another customer’s location (e.g. at Senoko).
|9am||EMPTY PICKUP – DEPOT
The driver will then proceed to truck out the empty container to the nominated container depot, where it will be reused for another export shipment with the same carrier (aka shipping line).
OR: IMPORT – PORT
Else, it may also be arranged for the driver to proceed to the port again to pick up another import container to send to customer’s premises.
After 9am, the process is usually repeated to fill up the driver’s schedule as efficiently as possible to reduce empty trips (i.e. the scenario when a driver is not trucking a container is an empty trip, where the haulier is not earning any money for that trip).
Haulio aims to reduce inefficiencies in haulier’s fleet scheduling through technology.
With our job pool, hauliers can take up jobs to fill up their empty legs. Through our Haulio Connectivity System (HCS), hauliers can also better schedule their trips using our Kanban-style Scheduling Board.
In Singapore, a trip usually takes 1.5-2 hours, hence a driver typically trucks 6-8 trips per day. Of course, if a driver puts in longer hours and there are no delays, he/she might be able to complete 8-10 trips on a good day.
Nobody likes to be scolded for being late. We hope that the above article helps you better understand why your container may arrive late, and communicate better with your haulier to work around any potential issues!
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