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. The growth of transportation around the world hassled to new form of shipment known as intermodal transportation, which is our topic of discussion in this article. In the intermodal transportation, the goods or items on transit are switched from one mode of transport to another. There are several forms of intermodal transportation that every person should be aware of. Here are common types of intermodal transportation that can increase your knowledge about general intermodal transportation.
The first category of intermodal transportation is the piggy back transportation. Piggy back is a form of intermodal transportation where goods are transferred either from the rail to the road 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. Air truck is the other form of intermodal transportation that involves shifting of goods between air and road transportation modes.
A large number of organizations around the world highly prefer switching their cargo from one mode of transportation to another (intermodal transportation) because of the benefits and advantages it offers. The following is a discussion on a few ways in which good intermodal transportation can be of help to you. Most are times when there are weaknesses in one mode of transportation like breakdown of vehicles or even accidents during transportation of cargo by roads, hence making intermodal transportation a good solution for such cases. The high level of flexibility offered by the intermodal transportation ensures that the needs and requirements of the cargo owners are maximally met and satisfied. Single mode of transport like air or train transport tends to cost a lot of cash, especially when the cargo is transported for long distances, and hence the need for intermodal transportation due to its cost-effectiveness. Road transport is greatly affected by different geographical and physical barriers, thus resulting in vehicle breakdowns and delays of the goods reaching the customer destinations on time, but when combined with water or air transport, it becomes easy to overcome all the geographical and physical barriers. Intermodal transportation also helps to break bulk, thus promoting easier transportation. Intermodal transportation promotes very safe transportation of products due to minimization of risks like thefts, losses and accidents.