Intermodal shipments have been growing steadily over the past few years. According to truckinginfo.com, domestic intermodal traffic was up 9% in Q2 2013. This growth is fueled by a constantly expanding network for rail, shippers seeking more cost-effective fuel solutions and improved service offerings from providers. As Intermodal options expand, it may be time to consider moving your freight on the rail.
Does Intermodal work for my freight?
Domestic intermodal transport typically consists of an intermodal container being moved by a truck to the rail, then a truck again to the final destination. Regular or recurring shipments are particularly well suited for intermodal because it can provide a consistent supply chain solution. Intermodal is a good fit for a range of freight and products. However, the shipments that are best suited for Intermodal are typically longer haul lanes moving to or from 200-300 miles of a major metro.
Why chose intermodal?
Rail is the most fuel efficient mode of transport available today, so intermodal freight shipping can provide significant fuel cost savings over road-based transport. This fuel efficiency also translates into a greener, more environmentally friendly way to move cargo, which many shippers are looking for. Additionally, intermodal is safe and secure for your freight, providing a dependable alternative to the truckload spot market, especially in lanes of tight capacity. Many freight commodities are insured up to $250,000 while on the rail, providing even more security for your cargo.
On top of all this, rail is still expanding its footprint in North America. More logistics centers and miles of rail line are being put into place, increasing destination options and service level for intermodal shipments.
How do I get started with intermodal?
Freightquote is a certified IMC (Intermodal Marketing Carrier), buying intermodal capacity at wholesale from the best rail lines. This means we can pass the savings and selection on to our customers. Getting an intermodal shipment set up can take a little more coordination than a truckload shipment, but Freightquote has a team of dedicated intermodal expects to help guide your shipment. Contact Freightquote at 800.323.5441 or visit Freightquote.com to start shipping intermodal now.