When it comes to shipping freight, there is no shortage of options available. From air to ocean, and truck to rail, there is sure to be an option that is right for you and your business. However, at Freight Fox, we understand that sometimes the best solution is a combination of two solutions.
What is Intermodal Transportation?
Intermodal Transportation is the use of two separate methods of freight, usually truck and rail, in order to transport goods. And while many may think that Intermodal Transportation is a more complicated mode of shipping, in reality, this method has some unique and far-reaching benefits.
Some of the advantages that are inherent to Intermodal Transportation include:
- Economical - Due to the fact that Intermodal Transportation is typically less flexible than LTL and FTL, it usually comes with significant cost savings. Intermodal shipping is ideal for organizations who can plan their shipments in advance.
- Fewer Variables - Unlike trucks, rail shipments are far less likely to experience mistakes caused by human error (accidents, getting lost), mechanical failure, and the elements (storms, traffic).
- Secure - Although not often considered, Intermodal Transportation is usually the more secure method of shipping as cargo is rarely handled by personnel. Rather, it is usually cranes and lifts that carry the goods from boat or train to truck.
- Environmental - In a world that is going ever greener, the use of Intermodal Transportation is inherently a more environmentally friendly mode of shipping. Due to its nature, each fuel expenditure maximizes the amount of freight carried, meaning your goods get from point A to point B with a reduced environmental footprint. Recent studies have also indicated that businesses that adopt a green initiative have grown more than 4 percent globally.