Old Dominion Freight Line opened its first container drayage facility in the Pacific Northwest. This follows a 19% increase in container drayage shipments nationwide in 2011.

The company's new Seattle-Tacoma drayage operation will directly serve all ports, rail heads and container yards in the Pacific Northwest. Co-located with Old Dominion's Seattle Service Center, the operation's location gives Old Dominion direct access to Washington's two largest ports, Seattle and Tacoma.

"The ports in Seattle and Tacoma play a critical role in international trade to and from Asia," says Wayne Bersch, director of container operations for the company, which is based out of Thomasville, N.C. "The Seattle-Tacoma drayage operation, which directly handles freight from these ports and other ports and rail yards across the Pacific Northwest, allows us to better serve our customers who ship both domestically and internationally."

Old Dominion container drayage services include direct point-to-point delivery, loading, unloading, short-term warehousing and container pools for the convenience of import and export shippers.

The company has been operating container drayage for more than 50 years and offers direct services from 13 cities in addition to its Seattle-Tacoma location: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, Tenn.; Mobile, Ala.; Norfolk, Va., Wilmington, N.C., Charlotte, N.C., Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga., Huntsville, Ala. and Jacksonville, Fla.