Port of Seattle Drayage Truck Registry and RFID Tag Fulfillment — Case Study


In order to comply with their goals as part of the North West Ports Clean Air Strategy in 2008, the Port of Seattle wanted to manage the drayage trucks that were entering their port complex. As the basis of this program, the port contracted Advent to provide a Drayage Truck Registry (DTR).

The DTR was successfully implemented to help ensure that only clean trucks access the port terminals. Drayage truck drivers are now required to operate trucks with a 1994 or newer engine. Since the solution went live in 2010, more than 5,900 trucks and 1,100 trucking companies/truck owners have registered in the Port of Seattle’s DTR. The DTR requires the truck’s VIN, license plate, make/model, and contact information to be registered. If compliant, the driver or company is issued a “Green Gateway” sticker, which identifies their vehicle as being clean and ready to enter a port terminal. The Port of Seattle has since moved to an RFID tag truck identification program.

The current DTR has been combined with eModal in conjunction with services for RFID tag distribution and management. As a result, all trucking companies serving the Port of Seattle are now using the same DTR as other ports on the west coast. This has brought efficiency to the drayage industry because they no longer need to maintain truck-related data in multiple registries, and they can manage their RFID tags and requests within eModal.