Currently, a large number of goods movements are made through the combination of different means of transportation. This is what is known as intermodal transport, a method that uses at least two different modes of transport to move cargo units (UCIs), who’s transfer between one mode of transport and the next occurs without opening, something that minimizes load handling and prevents load rupture. Intermodal transport presents a series of competitive advantages that make it the ideal alternative for international exchanges, being, in many cases, the key to success in any management of the supply chain or logistics plan.
How Does Intermodal Transport Benefit You?
Reduction of Transport Times: The transport combination is used that is faster in each case in order to transport the goods to their destination.
Minimization of Loading and Unloading Times: Due to the bundling of loads in intermodal transport units, the time used in loading and unloading tasks is reduced by 70%.
The practical disappearance of downtime is the need to store merchandise in intermediate areas.
Lower Costs in the Total Transport Operation: the most economical transport combination is analyzed according to the characteristics of each operation.
Greater Comfort for the User since the Bureaucracy is Reduced to a Single Carrier: The intermodal transport operator is the one that manages all the Ro Ro Shipments operation in the different modes.
It Fosters New Commercial Opportunities for Non-Traditional Exports: As a consequence of better transport services and the possibility of grouping cargoes, exporters can position their products in markets that are difficult to access at competitive prices.
Reduced the risk of loss, or theft, especially at intermediate points when, transported in closed cargo units from the origin to the point of destination.
Reduction of Controls: Fewer controls and inspections are carried out thanks to the sealing of the containers.
Documentary Simplification: Even if different means of transport are used, the documentation is not the sum, but is unified for all of them.
Ease in the Tracking of Merchandise: The control of merchandise is improved at every moment thanks to computer control as the so-called electronic data interchange (EDI).