Transloading Basics

Transloading Basics

Ocean container shortages have caused transloading to become more common in practice. This video explains transloading simply to give you a better understanding of the process.

Transloading is a shipping term that refers to the transfer of goods from one mode of transportation to another en route to their ultimate destination. Transloading is used when it is not physically possible or economically feasible to use one type of transportation.


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For example, maritime freight from ocean containers to intermodel containers at the port. Transloading is very similar to intermodal shipping in that products are transferred between trucks and trains – except that with transloading, products are moved between conveyances rather than staying in the same container the whole way. Companies use transloading when it is necessary, when it can save money, allows more flexibility, and can increase the speed and efficiency of the travel. Transloading facilities may also make use of a Bulk Transloading System to provide visibility of a transloading operation including rail, storage, over the road drivers, dray drivers, bookings, and the master load plan. Often the equipment used to ship the goods is optimized for rapid transfer. Transloading is becoming the more common means of travel today for its efficiency.

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