There is a great need for a smooth shipment of products from one place to another, and hence the reason behind the high growth of logistics in many parts of 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. The following is a detailed discussion on the various types of intermodal transportation.
Piggy back transportation is the first form of intermodal transportation that you should know about. Piggy back transportation generally involves the use of rail and road during the transportation of cargo. The other type of intermodal transportation is known as fishy back transportation, and this involves the combination of water ship to truck/road. The combination of water and rail transportation (train ship) is the other form of intermodal transportation. The last type of intermodal transportation is known as air truck, which is the combination of road and air transportation.
Intermodal transportation has become very popular around the world as many individuals and organizations transporting their goods have realized the benefits and advantages it comes with. The following is a discussion on a few ways in which good intermodal transportation can be of help to you. The first reason why intermodal transportation is very good compared to only one mode of transportation is because of the high flexibility in the transportation of cargo. Flexibility in transportation helps to attain strength in areas where one mode of transport is weak, thus maximally meeting the unique needs of the cargo owners. The other reason why intermodal transportation is very good is because of the minimization of transportation costs. Intermodal transportation has also become a very good solution for overcoming various geographical and physical barriers like terrains, hills, valleys and others, and a good example of an intermodal transportation that can help you easily overcome the physical barriers is the air truck. Intermodal transportation also helps to break bulk, thus promoting easier transportation. Lastly, intermodal transportation promotes safe transportation of products.