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Intermodal Dispatch

In industry terminology, “intermodal trailer” means a closed van semi-trailer that is either owned or controlled by a railroad, leasing company, motor carrier, or private entities such as shippers and intermodal marketing companies. Motor carriers transport these trailers to and from intermodal rail and marine terminals, depots, container yards, etc.


Intermodal transport can be defined as a freight moving from one point to another by using numerous kinds of transport. 

An Intermodal Dispatch is about coordinating and scheduling drivers or shipping companies, dispatchers are also responsible for movements both for containers and loads that must be delivered to customers or vendors. There are different procedures for Import and Export. 


Here is an answer who participates in Intermodal transportation. Every time we consider it we have to remember about Import and Export. So, when we mean Import a foreign company that produces goods ships it to the country of destination. Talking about Exports, we mean some manufacturers, factories that produce a product and sell it to a buyer abroad.


Nowadays, a lot of companies prefer to transport their goods with the help of Intermodal transportation. The reason is because it’s much more efficient when it’s a long distance transportation. Its container is perfect for being moved by air, sea or ground. Some of the promising advantages are: less noise pollution, and more predictable delivery time. 


Goods are transported in the Intermodal containers. Those are of two basic sizes: 20 feet container and 40 feet container. Shipping companies usually calculate them as TEU which stands for ‘twenty equivalent unit’ and FEU – ‘forty equivalent unit’. They are safe and appropriate for transporting in different conditions.


Intermodal transportation is a good solution when a shipper needs to move their load to more than 750 miles, if we speak about distance but when we mean time, this is about a truck hauling freight for more than a day. This is a known fact that long lanes require a great number of fuel consumption. Taking these facts into account, companies choose a more profitable way from mode combination. 


Intermodal shipping refers to moving freight by two or more modes of transportation. By loading cargo into intermodal containers, shipments can move seamlessly between trucks, trains and cargo ships. Intermodal shipments typically fall into one of two categories: international intermodal or domestic intermodal.


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