Intermodal Transportation Pricing and Costs

Business.com / Strategy / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Intermodal transportation pricing and costs examines the expense of using more than one mode of transportation to move goods or ...

Intermodal transportation pricing and costs examines the expense of using more than one mode of transportation to move goods or materials from the manufacturer to delivery without handling the product. Intermodal transportation services involve the use of ships, trains, trucks and airplanes. These multiple modes of transportation are employed based on product, necessity and cost effectiveness of the intermodal transportation service.

A key expenditure in intermodal transport is the price of containers. Containers are the large, metal boxes into which goods are placed for shipping. Containers are cost effective for shippers due to their size (their large size enables more product to be shipped at one time), speed of the container ships and protection as well as the security of goods. If the shipper chooses to enlist a broker's services, transportation costs may include the expense of an intermodal broker. Consider the following when pricing the costs of intermodal shipping and transportation.

1. Research the cost and quality of containers used in intermodal services to ensure your goods are well protected.

2. Compare the price of rail, trucking and waterborne shipping companies.

3. Look into the expense of an intermodal broker as well as the broker's reputation for service.

Purchase the correct intermodal services container for your goods and products

Containers used in intermodal transportation are steel boxes that come in various shapes and sizes to ensure goods or materials are delivered securely and safely. Containers come in standard 20 to 40 foot containers and can hold around 30 tons of cargo. The average cost of a new container is $1,000 to $4,000 dollars depending on size and features. Shipping containers can be leased for around $75 to $150 dollars a month for 18 to 24 months.

Compare and contrast intermodal transportation services for cost effective and trusted operations

Intermodal trucking is used for transporting goods short distances. Trucking services are usually rendered at the beginning and end of the transport. Rail services are very economical and are utilized for average distances. Maritime transport is employed for the longest distances in intermodal shipping, and air transport is used when appropriate. The most commonly used modes are truck and rail.

Consider employing intermodal brokers to manage intermodal freight shipments

Intermodal brokers handle the intermodal shipping and movement of freight, products or goods. They charge a base rate for their services. All shipments are tracked and kept on the client's requested timetable. Intermodal brokers can be a supplement to intermodal transport if service and cost are efficient.

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