When a shipper receives a quote for ocean freight shipping, it is time to finalize planning for the shipment. One of the plans that must be determined will involve the exact transportation of your ocean freight cargo. Yes, an ocean vessel will move the freight overseas. But after arriving at the destination port, there might be some domestic shipping, such as trucking or rail, to get the freight to the end location. Transloading refers to moving cargo between different types of transportation or vehicles. After all, many global shipments can move across ocean freight, rail, trucking and even airfreight.

When taking cargo from one mode of transportation and putting in onto a new mode, this can occur at the ports, warehouses, terminals and intermodal facilities. Businesses across the globe can participate in transloading and there are numerous benefits. In the long-term, transloading can help save money and time due to using different types of transportation to increase efficiency. That is why supply chains that are open to transloading are reaping the benefits.

When planning out how to begin transloading freight, it would be wise to speak with an experienced third-party logistics provider or freight forwarder. The reason for this is because freight forwarders already books shipments across the different types of transportation. One concern about transloading is the increased risk of damage to cargo moving from one vehicle to another. A freight forwarder will streamline the process so that they can limit potential damage. Therefore, transloading can be a great way to move shipments efficiently.