Intermodal transport, i.e., the movement of goods by combining different modes of transport without handling the cargo at any time, makes it possible to optimize resources and, therefore, increase profitability. This type of transport involves the movement of unit loads through different combined modes.
The advantages of opting for intermodality are many, as it combines different benefits. In the case of road transport, it implies greater flexibility in time and better adaptability to the distribution and collection area on the premises, respectively.
As for maritime or river transport, it allows the transport of large volumes of cargo. It also makes it possible to connect locations that would otherwise not be able to exchange goods. In fact, if deadlines permit, it is the best alternative to air transport.
In Operinter, international logistics operator by land, sea and air, we always offer the best logistics, the ideal solution for any customer. This is why the intermodal trend in national and international transport is a phenomenon that we take into account when planning any transit of goods.
Rail, a great ally of intermodality
But if there is a transport that stands out, especially, for being a great promoter of intermodality is, without a doubt, the railroad. Some of its advantages are that it involves obtaining more economical loads; the possibility of transporting large capacity and volume goods; speed in the transport of large quantities of goods over long distances as well as the possibility of establishing fixed schedules that minimize the problems of punctuality that other transport options may present. However, it is, above all other considerations, a means of transport that stands out for its environmental efficiency.
Formula for the future: economy and environment
Experts and consultants always highlight the benefits of intermodal transport in two equally important areas: economic and environmental. Regarding the first aspect, it can be highlighted that it guarantees the most efficient combination of means of transport; it minimizes downtime or the need for storage of goods in intermediate areas; it minimizes the risk of breakage or theft of goods when transported in closed cargo units from origin to destination.
At the environmental level, it reduces road congestion; improves road safety; reduces energy consumption per unit load; minimizes C02 emissions and noise levels; reduces waste in terms of packaging of goods. In short, a more sustainable model in general terms.
Many companies choose this option for the transportation of their goods knowing that intermodal transportation guarantees lower costs than other options, higher levels of safety and more sustainability.