When Do You Use Transloading in Shipping?

by Michael Kotendzhi | Trucking
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When Do You Use Transloading in Shipping?

Transloading is used whenever a shipment of goods has to change from one mode of transportation to another. So, for example, if a shipment of material arrives by train and then has to be loaded onto trucks, transloading is used at the railway terminal. 

What is “transloading”?

When goods have to be shipped long distances to reach their destination, transloading is frequently required. Transloading refers to the change in mode of transportation for shipped goods. In transloading, whatever is loaded has to be unloaded and then reloaded for further travel.

When shipping long distances, goods may have to travel by freighter (container) ship then by truck or by truck then by air or using a combination of several methods or modes of shipping. Transloading is required each time the goods change the mode of transportation.

Arranging for these changes in modes of shipping is complex. This is why manufacturers often choose a third-party shipping and logistics company that specializes in organizing these types of arrangements allowing for the fastest, most economical and most efficient way possible to ship products.

In order for transloading to be done efficiently, trucks have to be ready to collect shipments at airports or train terminals or docks, and the right equipment and staff have to be experienced at managing the transloading. What is important is that no time is wasted and no products are damaged in the process of transloading.

At 18 Wheels Logistics, we are experienced at transloading shipments for many years. If this is a service that you need or think you need, please give us a call at (604) 439-8938 and let our professionals take this worry off your shoulders.

For over 30 years, 18 Wheels Logistics has strived to be the most customer-centric trucking, warehousing, and logistics company around. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 18 Wheels relies on experience and integrity to make customers happy and remain on the cutting edge of shipping and logistics management.

If you have any questions about this article or you would like to talk to us about your shipping needs, please call us at (604) 439-8938.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.