What is Intermodal Freight Transportation?
Intermodal is the term used to describe two or more modes of transporting freight. This can include a combination of truck and rail, to transport or move goods from a shipper to a consignee. The intermodal process usually starts when a container is moved by truck to a rail station, then back to the truck to complete the process of freight-forwarding. Every year, there are about 25 million containers moved using the intermodal shipping technique.
What are some of the benefits of using intermodal transportation?
- Intermodal shipping can lower costs when shipment happens as a result of combining a railway system- as it requires less fuel than any type of road transport
- Contributes to a greener environment
- Can send shipments from the Pacific to the Atlantic, and every place in between- it’s fast and reliable
- Dropped intermodal container fees are minimal when compared to a full truckload drop