The need for smooth shipment of various items from the locations of the manufacture or productions to the customer destinations has greatly contributed to the high growth of different modes of transport around the world. Transportation generally promotes efficiency and cost reduction. In this case, I would like to help the reader understand more about intermodal transportation or shipment as well as its benefits in many organizations globally. Intermodal transportation generally implies two or more modes of transport linked for easier switching of items on transit from one mode of transport to the linked one. Intermodal transportation is a vast area that contains some other types of transportation, and hence necessary to go through them to fully understand what intermodal transportation is all about. Here are common types of intermodal transportation that can increase your knowledge about general intermodal transportation.
The first type of intermodal transportation is known as piggy back transportation. In the piggy back transportation, the items on transit are switched from rail to trucks, or vice versa. Fishy back is the other type of intermodal transportation that is very popular during the exportation of cargo by water, and in this form of intermodal transportation, water ship and trucks are combined for a smooth transportation of cargo. There is also combination of rail and water transportation for easier shifting of goods from water to rail or from rail to water, and this is known as train ship, a common type of intermodal transportation. The last type of intermodal transportation is known as air truck, which is the combination of road and air transportation.
There are so many benefits and advantages of intermodal transportation. The following is a discussion on a few ways in which good intermodal transportation can be of help to you. There is great flexibility in the switching of goods from one mode of transport to another, unlike when using only one mode of transport entirely. Flexibility in transportation helps to attain strength in areas where one mode of transport is weak, thus maximally meeting the unique needs of the cargo owners. The transportation of cargo either by air, train, water or even by road for long distances costs a lot of cash compared to when the cargo is switched from one mode of transport to another while in transit, thus making intermodal transportation very cheap and affordable to many individuals and organizations. Intermodal transportation is also a very good option for overcoming various geographical and physical barriers like terrains, valleys and others. Intermodal transportation also makes the whole movement of the cargo easier, faster, and stress-free due to breaking of bulk, that is, breakdown of large units of cargo into small units. Intermodal transportation promotes very safe transportation of products due to minimization of risks like thefts, losses and accidents.