Intermodal Shipping 101: Go Green and Save with Intermodal Transportation Support
Find the right intermodal logistics partner for an enhanced intermodal shipping experience
Thanks to rising international trade, as well as volatile fuel costs and shifts in the labor market, demand for intermodal transportation continues to grow.
In fact, 2018 saw a record 14.5 million units moved via intermodal shipping—up nearly a million units from the previous year.
For companies interested in the economic and environmental perks of intermodal logistics solutions, AIT offers time-tested, reliable services.
Explore AIT's intermodal logistics options
- Reduced carbon footprint
- Lower fuel expense
- Decreased transportation costs
- No third-party handling during transit
- Deferred transit
- Real-time visibility
- Pickup and delivery flexibility
Through multimodal shipping, the freight forwarding expert manages each stage of the shipment, whereas in intermodal, the carrier could change with each leg of the journey. As such, multimodal shipping requires just one bill of lading, while intermodal may call for several.
Recent service and infrastructure upgrades have improved transit times and the quality of rail shipping, in particular; however, intermodal shipping comes with a longer lead time and potentially rougher transport conditions, compared to air or ground shipping.
So, while intermodal transportation won't make sense for extremely fragile or urgent shipments, it's often ideal for inexpensive, bulk, palletized, heavy and/or oddly shaped cargo with longer lead times.
What's more, if your business is looking to green its reputation or increase pickup and delivery flexibility, intermodal shipping may fit the bill.
In addition to a strong customer service record, look for a partner with modern technology infrastructure. In the digital age, any partner you choose for freight forwarding should be able to deliver 24/7, online access to all your shipping information.
Finally, if you're shipping across borders, it also pays to have a partner who can guide you through the often complex, and potentially risky, customs clearance process.