In today’s competitive market, consumers are accustomed to receiving goods particularly fast requiring companies to embrace transportation strategies that result in quick turnaround times. A third party logistics company (3PL) offers various intermodal services to transport and store goods, both locally and nationally. Intermodal transportation involves the movement of goods in a container or vehicle using multiple modes of transportation such as rail, ship, and truck. Quite frequently, freight is moved with a truck then loaded onto a rail, or ship, eventually ending up back on a truck for the final leg of transport. With intermodal services, containers such as entire truck trailers, refrigerated containers (reefers), and tank containers (for bulk liquids) run between railroads and ports. During intermodal transportation, only the container or vehicle is handled directly, not the cargo. This improves security, reduces damages, and speeds up delivery times. Due to minimal handling and limited stops, over the road trucking and intermodal transportation reduces costs. East Coast Transport, a 3PL, understands all aspects of intermodal services including: what is being shipped, how it needs to be shipped, and what, if any, special circumstances and regulations need to be followed.
Advantages of Intermodal Services
- Freight is easily and quickly moved long distances, particularly when using the extensive rail system in conjunction with trucking.
- Costs are lower when using multiple modes of transportation. For example, trains are able to move freight using less fuel than trucks.
- Customers expect quick shipping and delivery in today’s demanding consumer market; therefore, intermodal transportation is a logistics necessity across long distances.
- Products are packaged in containers and remain in the containers throughout the entire supply chain, reducing the chance of damage or loss.
- The large network of carriers offering intermodal services at competitive prices makes it a cost-efficient option for many companies.
Intermodal Services with East Coast Transport
East Coast Transport, a 3PL, has been helping customers transport freight for 40 years. We are your intermodal logistics provider, managing the delivery of goods in various industries. East Coast Transport has many intermodal partners that support door-to-door service throughout the USA, transporting goods with containers, vans and reefers. When it comes to your bottom line, trust a 3PL, East Coast Transport, that has the knowledge, equipment, and technology to move your products safely and quickly. East Coast Transport’s team of professionals understands the logistics of moving freight, as well as international and national regulations imposed on intermodal services. We supply transportation services tailored to your business, delivering customer satisfaction every time. Call us at 800-257-7877 to find out more about our intermodal services or contact us via our website.