What is intermodal?

Intermodal transportation is a method of shipping that involves the use of multiple modes of transportation, such as trucks, trains, and ships, to move freight from one location to another. It's an efficient and cost-effective way to transport goods over long distances, and it's becoming increasingly popular among shippers who want to reduce their transportation costs while improving their supply chain efficiency.

In this post, we'll explore what intermodal transportation is, how it works, and the benefits of using it for your shipping needs. We'll also introduce Moto, a trusted provider of intermodal transportation services that can help you move your freight quickly and affordably.

What is intermodal transportation?

Intermodal transportation is the process of moving freight using multiple modes of transportation, such as trucks, trains, and ships, without handling the freight itself when changing modes. The freight is loaded into an intermodal container or trailer, which is designed to be compatible with multiple modes of transportation. The container or trailer is then transported by truck to an intermodal facility, where it's loaded onto a train or ship for the long haul portion of the trip. Once the train or ship reaches its destination, the container or trailer is loaded back onto a truck for final delivery to its destination.

How does intermodal transportation work?

Intermodal transportation typically involves several different parties, including shippers, carriers, and intermodal service providers. Shippers are responsible for packaging and loading the freight into intermodal containers or trailers, while carriers are responsible for transporting the containers or trailers between the various modes of transportation. Intermodal service providers are responsible for coordinating and managing the entire process, from the initial pickup to the final delivery.

The process typically starts with a shipper contracting with an intermodal service provider, such as Moto, to arrange for the transportation of their freight. The intermodal service provider will work with various carriers to transport the freight, coordinating the loading and unloading of intermodal containers or trailers at various points along the transportation route. The freight is tracked throughout the entire process, providing real-time visibility and control over the shipment.


What are the benefits of intermodal transportation?

Intermodal transportation offers several key benefits over traditional shipping methods, including:

  1. Cost savings: Intermodal transportation is often less expensive than traditional shipping methods, as it allows shippers to take advantage of the lower cost of rail transportation for the long-haul portion of the trip.

  2. Reduced emissions: Intermodal transportation is also more environmentally friendly than traditional shipping methods, as it reduces the number of trucks on the road and the associated emissions.

  3. Increased efficiency: Intermodal transportation is a highly efficient shipping method, as it allows for quick and easy transfers between modes of transportation, minimizing the time and expense of handling the freight.

  4. Improved supply chain performance: Intermodal transportation can also help improve supply chain performance, as it provides real-time visibility and control over the shipment, allowing for better planning and coordination of the entire process.

Why choose Moto for intermodal transportation?

At Moto, we have over 40 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, including intermodal transportation. We work with a network of trusted carriers to ensure that your freight is transported quickly and safely, using the most efficient routes and modes of transportation. Our online portal allows you to track your shipment in real-time, providing complete visibility and control over the entire process.

Whether you're shipping locally or internationally, Moto can help you find the best intermodal transportation solution for your needs. Contact us today to learn more about our intermodal transportation services and how we can help you move your freight quickly and affordably.