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How Can Intermodal Transportation Enhance Supply Chain?

Every industry that relies on shipping to move its goods or equipment necessary to fulfill its mandate is looking for ways to ship more efficiently. That’s true whether you’re shipping butter tarts or windmill blades. Taking steps to enhance the supply chain logistics is often necessary, especially when demands on ground shipping capacity are at an all-time high as a result of the pandemic, eCommerce volume, and a reduction in the number of shipping companies currently operating. That’s why intermodal transportation is a smart option being offered by international freight companies.

Why Freight Shipping Companies Are Recommending Intermodal

Making the transition to intermodal transport is often a necessary decision for international shipping companies in Canada looking for efficiencies and cost-saving opportunities. Rail is a much slower option, but it is a less expensive option for clients looking to move their goods. Each year more than $660 billion in goods and services are traded between the U.S. and Canada, and modal diversification through use of intermodal rail can strengthen a supply chain’s transportation network by merging the economic and environmental benefits of rail with the flexibility of short and long haul trucking. The benefits of transitioning ground freight to intermodal for loads that make sense are many for international freight companies. For example:

  • Maximizing shipping budgets is easier when intermodal can be incorporated into the shipping plan. Rail is a less-expensive option.
  • Rail offers environmental benefits despite the attempts by the trucking industry to offer more green trucking services. One train moves the equivalent of 280 trucks, making it a highly efficient way to move goods from an environmental standpoint
  • Using rail reduces the congestion on highways in Canada and the U.S. Reducing the volume of big heavy truckloads on roads also reduces risk caused by trucking firms will less-than-exemplary safety standards
  • Intermodal options provide a reliable capacity that makes it easier for 3PL providers to plan with certainty regardless of where goods are being shipping
  • Intermodal loads are easier to track and more secure given the fact trains are almost always in constant motion until they reach their destination

Trust NATS Canada To Coordinate Your Intermodal Needs

As one of Canada’s top 3PL providers, NATS Canada works with a network of international freight companies to delivery our menu of service. When combined with our ability to offer intermodal options, we can augment truckload capacity with other transport strategies to maximize your budgets and move all your goods in a highly efficient manner. A combination of intermodal and shipping facilitated by international shipping companies in Canada provides versatility for all types of loads. NATS Canada’s team offers the experience needed to coordinate your shipping and save you money through intermodal options. This is especially true when moving freight between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. Intermodal can be much smoother when it comes to the customs, tax, and clearance process.

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