Understanding Intermodal Shipping and Its Benefits

Written by Small Business Magazine on December 6th, 2018. Posted in Expedited international shipping services, Expedited trucking, Specialty freight

Intermodal freight transport is part of the wide shipping network that allows movement of different types of cargo by truck and rail. It is a preferred method of transportation, particularly in the automobile and machinery industry that ships to different regions and countries both locally and internationally.

To understand how intermodal shipping works, let’s look at a typical import shipping scenario:

1. After importing, the cargo is shipped from overseas packed in a container and dropped off at a container port, where it’s moved to a rail yard for shipment inland.

2. Once the cargo has reached the inland location by rail, the shipment is then loaded on a truck and transported to its ultimate destination based on the shipping address.

Here are some of the advantages of intermodal freight shipping

1.Flexibility
While intermodal shipping has proved to be an efficient logistic solution, it’s unique in each company due to different factors such as company