Shipping freight is often done by box trucks however there are lots of cases where using intermodal transportation is the right choice for you. While intermodal transit of storage containers won’t always be the right choice, it is something that you should explore before making your decision. Here are some best practices to consider before committing one way or the other.
Before booking an intermodal shipment, you need to know about the benefits, and there are plenty. Using rail transportation is cheaper than transporting storage containers by road. Not only does it use less fuel meaning you save costs on fuel (and have a lower impact on the environment) but the rail system throughout North America is continually growing and evolving. Of course, the best thing about using rail to transport storage containers is they have the same ride quality as a highway, so you know your shipment will arrive undamaged from transit.
When people consider shipping they look solely at truckload but intermodal is one of the easiest ways to consolidate freight and save money in the process. If you are sending multiple shipments over a week to the same location, then intermodal might be able to save you a lot of money and will keep all of your freight in one place. With planning and scheduling flexibility you will find savings compared to using truckload freight and will also reduce the chances of delayed deliveries.
Although there are a lot of benefits to intermodal transportation, you do need to take extra care in packaging your items as the movement of the shipping containers involves transfers from truck to rail and then back again. Blocking and bracing techniques can give your items extra stability and reduce cargo from shifting within the container itself.
If this sounds like something you would benefit from then, don’t hesitate to contact Carolina Containers at 919-562-9187. Our expertise and prices are second to none, and we will be able to help you with the logistical side of transporting your storage container as well as helping you to make that all-important decision of whether to commit or not. You could find yourself saving a lot of time and money in the process!