Hi. I’m currently a company driver. Two years experience. I’m looking to buy a truck soon and doing pier work(ny/nj ports) I was wondering if anyone could guide me in the right direction on where to begin (what kind of insurance I need if looking to lease onto a company, what the average pay is, how to get port tags, any advice you may have.
Looking to become owner operator.
Ok I will take a swing at it.
If the truck you are buying is not pre-registered in the NJ/NY port system, I believe you have to start with a 2012 or newer truck. We all know the issues that come with them.
Idk on your experience in the ports but here are a few things to consider.
You will need a twic and sealink card.
There will be some very long hours and lines getting in and out of the port. Doing pier work will beat up your truck.
You will need bobtail insurance and your own tags (sometimes you can get these through the company).
Here are some additional expenses that will come up,
Fuel, maintenance, tires, taxes, tolls, workers comp ins, escrow, truck parking, chassis etc.
A positive or two, there is mostly always work, and you can probably run where you want. Super local shuttles, local(in state NJ) to regional overnight trips.
Its tough work, but a lot of guys are doing it.
Do some more research, and maybe be a company driver to learn each ports little quirks of getting in and out, because there are many.
Current rule is 2010 engine year.
Though extended, the grandfathered 96 and 97 trucks die sometime in 2021.
Get with the Feds to get your TWIC card. once you find a carrier to lease, they will line you up for the sealink which is tied to your TWIC so you need to remember your TWIC PIN number!
The carrier needs to get you a RFID tag for gate security/appointment systems,
The carrier will register you and your CDL and TWIC info in IANA so you can get into the railheads too....
You need to select a carrier and with the 'Miss-classification' stuff going on with NJ you may need to form a corporation too....
GOOD LUCKLast edited: Jul 31, 2020 at 1:24 PM