Harbor Pick Ups

Harbor Pick Ups

Harbor Pick Ups in CA

At our main office in Long Beach, CA we offer a full range of services for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  We can pick up both loose and containerized cargo.  We can unload, devan, and store your cargo or ship it to a final destination.  All you have to do is instruct your customs broker to provide us a delivery order and a packing list.  We will then check with the port continually for the cargo to become available, make the necessary appointments, and pick up your cargo before the free time expires. Our warehouse is located within the harbor’s “Overweight Corridor” which allows us to pick up some overweight containers.

Harbor Pick Ups Throughout the U.S.

Premier can also pick up your shipments from other U.S. ports.  We frequently pick up at the ports of NJ/ NY, Baltimore MD, Norfolk VA, Charleston SC, and Savannah GA.


“We have been using Premier Transportation exclusively for all of our machinery movements out of the West Coast for over 10 years.  Their outstanding performance, friendly staff and professionalism assures me that they will meet all of our machinery movement needs.”
Bob Hegne
Manager of Customer Service
Mitsui Seiki, USA


HarborPickup_1Oversize Flatrack on Ocean Chassis
HarborPickup_2Oversize Flatrack on Ocean Chassis
HarborPickup_3Over height Flatrack on Stretch Trailer
HarborPickup_4Over height Flatrack on Low Single Drop
HarborPickup_5Oversize Flatrack on Ocean Chassis
HarborPickup_6aStandard and High Cube Dry Containers
HarborPickup_7aEmpty Flatrack on Ocean Chassis
HarborPickup_8Over height Open-top Container on Double Drop





Did You Know?

The length of time to stop an eighteen wheeler is 40% greater than that of an automobile. Depending on the weight of their load, whether they are bobtailing, road conditions, and other factors. To be sure, it takes a much greater time to stop than an automobile. Trucks only have 10 brakes NOT eighteen. Recently manufactured trucks are now required to have anti-lock brakes.


Q: What is an overweight container?
A: This refers to a container which exceeds the normal gross weight limits allowed for movement. The gross weight is the total weight of the cargo, the container, the chassis and the truck. If the overweight container has only one piece in it, then it may be possible to get a special overweight permit to move it. If the overweight container has more than one piece in it, then it may not be possible to get a permit  because it is considered a “reducible load” In this case we can ask the pier facility to unload one or more of the pieces at the pier to make the container legal. This will have an additional cost which must be quoted case by case.

While there are standard gross weight limits of 80,000 pounds on most major roads throughout the country, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have  special routes around the piers called “the overweight corridor”.  On these routes we can permit for weights approx. 10% higher than the normal limits. Our Long Beach terminal is on an overweight corridor route. Please see the CONTAINER GUIDELINES located in the top right corner of this page for more information.

Q: Why are containers overloaded?
A: It's cheaper for the party arranging and paying for the ocean freight to load all they can in the fewest number of containers, even if it makes things more difficult at the receiving port.

Q: When will Premier pick up my shipment at the pier?
A: Once the pier has indicated the shipment

  1. Is off the vessel
  2. Has cleared customs
  3. Has had the ocean charges paid.
  4. Has had the pier pass charges paid (CA only).

After these steps are complete, Premier will schedule the pick up as soon as possible, up to the last free day.
Note: In CA a cargo shipment can be held in an area of the pier which can become temporarily inaccessible for one or more reasons, including because the port is working on another vessel in that area; or because the port may not work that area on certain days. These days of inaccessibility can fluctuate without notices. In such cases Premier may not be able to pick up cargo which is otherwise “available”, even if a pick up appointment had been made. In these cases, Premier cannot be responsible for any additional demurrage charges.

Important Terms:

CY: This stands for container yard. It refers to a place at the pier where the containers are held when they come off of the ship. It can also refer to how the cargo is to be picked up; container and cargo together as opposed to loose crates.

Break Bulk: This refers to cargo at the pier that is to be picked up without the ocean container. It is the opposite of CY cargo. Break bulk cargo may have traveled over the ocean as loose cargo or it may have been in/on a container and devanned upon arrival at the port.

CFS: This stands for Container Freight Station. It usually refers to a location operated or contracted by the steamship line to devan their containers so the cargo can be stored or released for inland shipment. These locations can be at the pier or off site. Containers which have more than one customer's cargo consolidated inside must go to a CFS location.

OVERWEIGHT CORRIDOR: This refers to a limited number of specially designated routes within the harbor area where additional weight limits exist for multiple-piece over-weight containers. An overweight permit is required for these movements.