WHAT IS INTERMODAL SERVICE?

Intermodal means the movement of containerized (unitized) cargo over air, land, or sea through the use of different transport modes (aircraft, truck, rail, boats, ships, barges, etc.) capable of handling containers. Intermodal Service is a method of moving cargo that involves more than one kind of transportation, whether truck, rail, ship or plane. It uses special containers so goods can be transferred from ship to rail to truck without having to be repacked.

The most common combination used is truck and rail. In a typical example, cargo is picked up at the point of origin by truck, transported to a loading site onto a train and shipped the majority of the distance by rail, and then unloaded and transported by truck to the final destination. A major benefit of this arrangement is lower fuel costs, as trains are around three times more efficient than long-haul trucks.

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Intermodal

Industry Trend

2012-2016 Traffic totals

Domestic container loads recorded a 6.4 percent increase for the quarter, while international volumes grew 3.8 percent compared with the same 2015 period, according to data from the Intermodal Association of North America.

North American intermodal volumes inched up 2 percent in first quarter 2016 from the prior year to 4.15 million units, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) first quarter Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report.

IANA noted that although intermodal trailer volumes dropped 24.4 percent, the segment represents the smallest portion of total intermodal shipments. Domestic container loads recorded a 6.4 percent increase for the quarter, while international volumes grew 3.8 percent compared with the same 2015 period. Total intermodal volumes stood at 16.7 million units for the full year in 2015, a 2.8 percent increase from 2014.

“Total container shipments, domestic and international combined, rose approximately 5 percent during the first quarter of this year,” said Joni Casey, president and CEO of IANA. “And while influenced by comparisons to last year when we were dealing with port congestion issues, we’re cautiously optimistic about this year’s growth potential.” (Written by Ben Meyer)

Total intermodal loading 2000-2015