Your supply chain and distribution routes play a key role in the success of your business. Every move that your freight takes can affect your bottom line. In many cases, the use of more than one mode of transportation can actually reduce transit times and cut transportation costs.
What Is Transloading And How Does Transloading Work?
Combining multimodal transportation services to move freight from origin to destination, such as intermodal and shorthaul or longhaul transportation, is commonly referred to as transloading.
For many businesses, the stateside distribution process begins with the import of raw materials or manufactured goods, which are delivered from abroad to a port. Once a cargo container is unloaded from a ship, it can either be delivered directly to its destination or it can be transloaded.
Typically, cargo containers are more expensive to haul long distances because they require the use of specialized trailers, which are called chassis. Averitt's PortSide® services team and multimodal specialists, however, are experts in identifying and securing different transportation options that give customers the best opportunities to save on transit costs. For example, we own and maintain our own chassis fleet in many locations, eliminating the need and expense of outsourcing the rental of this specialized equipment.
The transloading and processing service generally occurs at a facility that is equipped to handle cargo containers and traditional less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload (TL) trailers. At a transloading point, such as our International Distribution Center in Charleston or one of our many service centers or warehouse sites, freight can be transferred between cargo containers and truck trailers for delivery or even sorted and segregated for regional and national distribution.
Additional value-added services we can provide, include:
- Warehousing (no-contract and lease options available)
What Are The Benefits of Transloading Services?
There are several reasons why Averitt's transloading capabilities can help you optimize your supply chain and distribution model, including:
- Flexibility - Supply chain dynamics have changed with globalization. Issues, such as the West Coast ports slowdown in 2014-2015, can quickly disrupt the flow of goods across the entire country. Being able to secure different modes of freight transportation, such as intermodal, air and truckload, can ensure that your cargo is not stuck in a container yard.
- Cost-Saving - Transloading allows you to take advantage of more fuel efficient transportation modes and also reduce the empty mileage costs associated with returning ocean containers to the port.
- Capacity - Different modes of transportation go through fluxes where capacity becomes tightened. This forces providers to increase their costs. Using the right services at the right time can be a difference of thousands of dollars.
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