Transloading is the process of transferring a shipment from one mode of transportation to another. It is most commonly employed when one mode cannot be used for the entire trip, such as when goods must be shipped internationally from one inland point to another. Often, shippers want to combine the economic advantages of shipping by rail with the flexibility of over-the-road trucking, using affordable rail shipping for the long haul and trucks for final delivery. Transloading allows this to be possible.
Key business benefits include:
- Transload facilities allow products to be strategically consolidated and positioned near their source, destination, or import/export port so that they can be quickly shipped on demand via vessel, rail, or truck.
- Transloading increases the timeliness, accessibility, and availability of your products.
- Improves cost-effectiveness of transporting bulk and heavy materials by providing load consolidation and more affordable modes of transport than would otherwise be available to a company.
- Increase efficiency and flexibility of your supply chain by providing a crucial nexus between truck, railroad, and vessel transportation.