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When it comes to domestic and cross-border intermodal services throughout North America, RC Transport, a Globaltranz partner brings efficiency and flexibility to your supply chain. At RC Transport, we implement dynamic solutions to our customers’ transportation needs by providing consistent capacity and the optimal blend of transit times and ramp location. We have established relationships with all Class 1 railroads allowing us to compare rates and routes to ensure speed and service above everything else – and our loyalty is always with the customer. Rely on us to craft an intermodal solution to get your product to market. And when rail disruptions occur, rest easy as we leverage our strategic industry partnerships to alter the mode or route and avoid further delay.

History of Intermodal Transportation-

This concept we call Intermodal Transportation dates back all the way to the 18th century. When shipping in England, some of the earliest containers came about in the 1780’s. Technology advanced and in the 1950’s, a new standardized steel intermodal container arrived on the market. This revolutionized the freight transportation industry. Intermodal Transportation continued to increase steadily through the 1960’s, with the rail intermodal traffic tripling between 1980 and 2002. Today Intermodal transportation is heavily relied upon by all supply chains to transport shipments on time across the world.

Rail + Truck

The bookends of intermodal transportation tend to be rail and ocean segments; in between, trucking is frequently used to connect them. Commonly referred to as drayage, the specialized trucking that runs between ocean ports, rail terminals, and inland shipping docks is typically provided by dedicated companies.

While many variables exist, a common scenario would begin with a truck moving an empty piece of equipment to a shipper to pick up a load. This equipment would then be loaded with freight and taken by truck to a railroad yard. The loaded equipment would be put onto a train and railed to its destination, taken off the train and finally delivered by truck to the customer. The overarching goal is overall efficiency in the process, which facilitates profit for all parties involved.

When you have a cross-country shipment, it may be a good idea to consider Intermodal. Railroads are much more efficient than over the road trucks. Be advised though, what you save money, you may give up in transit time. Speak with your RC Transport professional to decide if Intermodal transportation is right for your particular situation.

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Should you be considering intermodal for your next shipment? We’ll be looking at the benefits of intermodal transportation in an upcoming post. Stay tuned to learn more. In the meanwhile, to receive help managing your shipments and selecting the best methods, contact RC Transport by phone, 763-572-3788 or email, nabbott@Globaltranz.com.

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How do you know when intermodal is the right choice for your shipment?

Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether intermodal is a good fit for your freight shipments:

 

  • If you have Cargo with intermediate values, it is most likely to be moved via intermodal. Those with high values are often sent via the most direct methods, such as air cargo, and low-value shipments frequently travel via rail or ocean.

 

  • Intermodal transportation is most suitable for intermediate and finished goods in load units of less than 25 tons.

 

  • The longer the distance a shipment needs to travel, the more likely it is that intermodal will be a good choice. Freight moving more than 300 miles, or longer than one day by truck, are great candidates for intermodal transportation.

 

  • Intermodal transportation is a good selection when cargo flow needs to be continuous and in similar quantities. For example, if you’re sending multiple LTL shipments to the same location throughout the week, you may want to consider using intermodal instead.