Intermodal shipping is the process of moving various types of cargo while using more than one method of transportation. This means that aerospace logistics services, expedited trucking transportation, rail transportation, or ocean cargo shipping may all be used in order to get the cargo from origin to destination.
Intermodal shipping is a method that corporations have been using for decades, but it is different for each company. This is because the location of the company, shipping destination, the material being used, and time restrictions or specifications are all different. This means that shipping companies can put together the logistics that work best for their own company as well as their customers.
It's cost effective
Intermodal shipping is one of the most cost-effective shipping methods available. Because multiple transportation methods are used for intermodal shipping, it is often used for long-distance shipping. Less fuel per twenty-foot-equivalent unit (TEU) is used when cargo is moved via intermodal shipping. This means that long-distance rates are much less expensive compared to over-the-road only transportation.
It's environmentally friendly
Intermodal shipping is better for the environment because large numbers of freight containers are moved together using the most efficient modes of transportation for that haul. The fuel-efficiency while traveling from coast to coast also deposits less greenhouse gas and carbon pollution into the air, making the process a very sustainable shipping solution.
It's reliable and secure
When cargo is being shipped long distances, there is more room for air than a short distance journey. Intermodal shipping is typically safer and more secure than other methods of shipping. It often eliminates handling of the freight itself, accounting for a reduction in material losses and damages. It also lets the driver handle more loads in a shorter time period. Lastly, it increases security seen at terminals, railroad tracks, and ramps to prevent theft.
The American e-commerce revenue is roughly $423.3 billion and is steadily growing. Whether it's full truckload, less-than-truckload (LTL), or parcel, shipping companies are being forced to adjust to changes in the retail industry. Luckily, intermodal shipping allows for a cost-effective, eco-friendly, and flexible way for consumers to get their products no matter where in the world they are coming from.
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