Purchase cost effective intermodal transportation services and supplies
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.