How Intermodal Eases Inland Congestion

Bay and Bay trucking and logistics relies on intermodal transportation. The process of intermodal transportation occurs with the help of different shipping companies. This model of logistics is different from multimodal transportation that only single carrier handles. Therefore, you can also refer to intermodal process as combined transportation.  Continue reading to learn more about how intermodal eases inland congestion.

Train loaded with many colorful containers leaves shipping area

What is Intermodal?

Ultimately, intermodal is the smarter freight choice as it allows for a faster transfer of cargo. By simple definition, intermodal is the cargo delivery option that combines two or more transportation modes to transport goods and supply. In other words, the carriers used in the transport of goods are not only trucks, but also rail, rail or ship.  

Domestic Intermodal Service Modal

In the domestic intermodal service model, the shipper or the distribution center loads a truck on the front end, and then that truck would drive to the railroad. The railroad would then take the container form the origin ramp to the destination ramp.  

It will then be picked up by another truck for the delivery. That truck can then either take the container to a distribution center or directly to a retail store. Similar process takes place in the international intermodal service model.

International Intermodal Service Model

In this model, the ship is loaded by the distribution center. Then, it goes to a steamship line that transfers it to an origin port. From there, it travels until it reaches the destination port. It can then go to a railroad segment which the rail unloads directly to the cargo line.

From the cargo line, the container goes to a cargo line, where a destination dray or trucker is waiting to take it to a distribution center. It can also take it to other receivers which include manufacturers and retail stores.

Benefits – Eases Inland Congestion

There are many benefits to the intermodal service model, which includes reduction of inland congestion. The reason why this method reduced congestion is because it offers scalable capacity. With this model, you have many containers that you can use to augment capacity at a different place and time.

If you just rely on trucks and you run out of asset, this means that you will have to increase capacity immediately. By using different transportation models, you get to distribute the containers to different areas in the transport line.  This leads to less port congestion and quicker delivery times.

Final Thoughts

Bay and Bay trucking and logistics use an efficient intermodal model that helps make logistical operations smooth and seamless. By utilizing this model, they are able to offer highly secure and scalable supply chain solutions.