What a great way to start the week! Weekly rail intermodal volumes have risen by a huge 17% over the same period last year according to the Association of American Railroads. That increase follows a 4% rise the week before. It’s never been a better time to be in the intermodal business.
Here’s a reminder of the dual benefits of transloading.
It Saves Shippers Money!
Shipping long haul by rail is more cost effective than long haul trucking. The tipping point is about 300 miles. That’s the point that it becomes more economical to ship by rail than it does by truck. Combined with the fact that long haul trucking capacity is currently at a premium it makes even more sense for you to consider intermodal.
Flexibility, Flexibility, Flexibility
At port of entry a shipper can break down a shipment into smaller loads and forward position them at multiple transloading facilities much closer to customer demand.
In fact Amerigas stores propane on railcars at the New Mexico Transloading facility and they take what they need, when they need it, to deliver direct to their customers. They benefit by forward positioning a much larger volume of propane than their local terminal has the capacity for gaining increased flexibility with significant cost savings.
Additional flexibility can be had by utilizing value add services such as the blending, packaging or palletizing of bulk deliveries or deconsolidating inbound shipments into multiple outbound shipments.
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how NMT can deliver these benefits and meet your transloading needs. Call Ted at (505) 908-1911, or even better meet with me at Booth #1048 at the forthcoming Breakbulk convention in Houston TX on Oct 5-8.