In an ever-changing global marketplace, numerous businesses have benefitted from the flexibility, and cost-effectiveness that having multiple cargo transportation routes or carriers brings. Depending on your cargo type and final destination, the available combination of ocean, road, rail, or air transportation ensures your cargo will be transported by the most efficient means possible.
There are four main methods of transporting cargo (or freight – see an explanation of the difference below) from its source to its final destination.
Yes, the efficiency of the intermodal cargo network relies on trains, planes, and trucks being able to be loaded with the same 20- or 40-foot containers.
Port terminals can unload containers from ships straight onto freight trains or trucks. Not only does intermodal transportation provide huge benefits in terms of cost effectiveness, fuel efficiency, and sustainability, but it also means that businesses don’t have to worry about arranging different transportation for their goods for separate stages of their journey.
Generally, if goods are moved by ship or plane, they are known as ‘cargo’; whereas if the items are moved by road or rail overland are referred to as ‘freight’. ‘Air freight’ and ‘sea freight’ are also very common terms but can often have cost implications.
Here at MSC we can provide consultation and advice on your cargo shipping requirements, and find solutions where we can help with our range of shipping and logistics services. Contact us today to find out more.