Reduce Your Costs, Carbon Footprint with Train Freight
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Far cheaper and less complex than air freight, shipping by rail is on the rise, particularly for low-margin products. In fact, train freight shipments between China and Europe jumped tenfold in the last decade.
And, while slower than air shipping, trains are advancing in speed and geographic coverage. Indeed, railroads around the globe have spent billions of dollars in recent years, investing in service and infrastructure upgrades that have improved transit times and on-time performance.
Read on to find out if shipping by rail is a smart fit for your organization.
No matter where your train cargo is headed, AIT’s tailored rail solutions are backed back more than four decades of experience, and offer distinct value and several key advantages, including:
- Reduced carbon footprint
- Lower fuel expenses
- Decreased transportation costs
- No third-party handling during transit
- Deferred transit
- Real-time visibility
- Pickup and delivery flexibility
Using a similar process to ocean freight, rail transport is especially ideal for long-distance travel and the transport of heavy and/or oversized goods.
Rail freight isn’t ideal for all cargo, however. Trains shipping can create challenges for commodities like electronics or other high-value products, as well as coils or spools of metal, hazmat and perishable items.
On one hand, train freight’s reliability and fuel efficiency can make the difference when it comes to reducing costs or greening the image of your global supply chain.
However, for deliveries with tight timelines or products demanding high-touch care, train transport may not be ideal for this mode of transportation. Railroad transit time takes around 50 percent longer than full-truckload deliveries, and shipping times are estimated—unlike the precise delivery time predictions of other transit methods. And it can be difficult to demerge freight containers during train transit, and shipping by rail often means increased liability during rail container loading and bracing.