How does intermodal transportation work?

Some logistics demands are more complex than others. Sometimes, one transportation modal is not enough for your goods to travel all the way from their origin to the final destination. When this is the case, you should use intermodal transportation. But do you know what this means? 

Intermodal transportation is when you use two or more modes of transportation to move the goods from the shipper to the consignee. The modes can vary according to the route, deadline of delivery, and conditions required to accommodate the cargo.  However, the most used modes are air freight, sea freight, rail and road transportation. 

On this post, we will list the main benefits of intermodal transportation and give you some advice for when planning yours. Check it out! 

Advantages of Intermodal Transportation

Unparalleled agility 

This transportation method combines more than one modal in order to make your cargo’s delivery quicker. Usually, the modes are chosen in order to optimize each stage of the operation and provide shippers with unparalleled agility. Therefore, even though using it requires more loading and unloading processes along the way, your goods will probably reach their final stop faster than if they were to be transported using only one modal.

Completely customized to your demand

Another great advantage of intermodal transportation is that the operation is entirely personalized and built according to your specific needs. For instance, if you are to transport perishable cargo, all the modes used for your goods’ freight will be picked taking into consideration the conditions that your products need to not go bad. 

More economical 

Last, but not least, using this kind of transportation can also save you some money. Sometimes, even if intermodal shipping requires a long delivery time, it might still be economically better for shippers who don’t have such a short deadline. For example, your goods arrive at a port and the operation could be either completed by plane or train. Although air freight would be the fastest option, using rail for the rest of the route can be much more competitive. 

Planning your intermodal transportation

First, you need to define whether the intermodal shipping is the most suitable option for your demand. For that, you should take several factors into account, such as the route and speed of delivery you need for a specific operation.

Then, you should count on the assistance of a reliable freight forwarder to build an operation that is safe, competitive and completely adjusted to your transportation needs. 

Do you want to access some other interesting content, which may help you to plan your logistics operations? Check out our blog post with a Basic Guide of Incoterms to Freight Forwarders!

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Ana Clara Rodrigues

Graduated in Journalism and very passionate about writing, Ana Rodrigues has strong expertise in creating relevant content for the international logistics industry and many other areas. As part of her professional trajectory, she has worked with news writing in both Brazil and the United States, until she decided to follow the digital marketing path and started to work as a copywriter. For almost 3 years, Ana has been helping logistics companies worldwide to stand out in the market through the production of specialized content on a number of different platforms.

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