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Intermodal Logistics—From Land to Air to Rail to Sea & Back Again

When agents have freight that needs to travel a far distance, is a large amount to move, or must move in multiple transportation modes—intermodal transportation is the go-to solution for reliably tackling challenging routes, high-volume capacity, and efficiency.

What is Intermodal Transportation?

Intermodal transportation combines the use of more than one mode of transportation to get the freight to its destination, whether that's by land, air, rail, seas, or all four.

For individuals trying to navigate the logistics of intermodal transportation, it can get complicated very quickly trying to coordinate between multiple transportation providers. From figuring out when and where each intermodal trucking company needs to be to dealing with delays along the way, it only takes one hiccup to cause major delays.

Sureway’s Role in Intermodal Transportation

Luckily, partnering with Sureway takes the complexity out of intermodal shipping. As intermodal freight brokers, we partner with intermodal transportation companies to handle all your diverse transportation needs. Just let us know where the freight needs to be picked up and where it needs to be delivered, and Sureway will take care of the rest! 

Deciding When Intermodal Transportation is Right for Your Freight

Like any transportation solution, agents need to weigh the benefits and drawbacks when deciding on the best solution for the freight at hand. In freight lanes that are a good fit for intermodal transportation (based on the length of haul, dray distance from intermodal ramps, weight, etc.) a shipper can expect to save 10-15%. 

When compared to just one mode of transport, intermodal is less flexible, more complex, and has longer transit times. That said, intermodal transportation also provides an increased level of security, is more sustainable, and optimizes the efficiencies of multiple transportation modes. 

If you're looking to move your agency to a company that can handle intermodal transportation solutions with ease, that's just one of the many perks of working with Sureway. From the customer side of things, it provides a ton of peace of mind for them to know that Sureway agents can flex with ease, from the simplest delivery to the most complex of operations. Get in touch with one of our agents to find the best solution for your freight.