Intermodal freight and over-the-road trucking (OTR) each offer advantages that bring down the cost to ship. Rail freight is generally less expensive if the origin and destination of your freight are close to railyards (railheads). Rail shipping is also the most economical choice when you’re shipping heavy freight. Intermodal is slightly slower, thus it is a good option for non-rushed freight.
Intermodal Freight is Green
Moving freight by rail is around 4 times more fuel-efficient than moving freight over-the-road. Trains can move a ton of freight over 470 miles on a single gallon of fuel. Efficient use of fuel means fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing the portion of the intermodal freight and decreasing over-the-road will decrease our carbon footprint.
We negotiate freight rates regularly with rail carriers and intermodal marketing companies. Our team of experts will be glad to help you determine the best options based on your needs.