Haulage, also called cartage or drayage, is the horizontal transport of ore, coal, supplies, and waste. The vertical transport of the same with cranes is called hoisting. It is also the term used for the business of transporting goods by road.

Haulage cost is the cost of loading raw ore at a mine site and transporting it to a processing plant.

Haulage also refers to the charges made for hauling freight on carts, drays, lorries or trucks.

Haulage rights is the arrangement where one railway, supplying cars, may negotiate rates with customers located on another railway's line, the road granting haulage rights. This differs from trackage rights in that the host railway operates the trains for the other railway, where with trackage rights, the secondary railway operates trains over the host's track.

Haulier is the informal term for a haulage contracter, or somebody who simply transports goods for other people via the use of lorries.

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  • haulage — [[t]hɔ͟ːlɪʤ[/t]] N UNCOUNT: usu with supp Haulage is the business of transporting goods by road. [mainly BRIT] The haulage company was a carrier of machine parts to Turkey …   English dictionary

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