The need for smooth shipment of various items from the locations of the manufacture or productions to the customer destinations has greatly contributed to the high growth of different modes of transport around the world. The major reason behind the expansion of different modes of transport across the globe is because of the high demand for efficiency in the delivery of products to the destinations of the customers. 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. Intermodal transportation generally implies two or more modes of transport linked for easier switching of items on transit from one mode of transport to the linked one. 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.
The first type of intermodal transportation is known as piggy back transportation. Piggy back transportation generally involves the use of rail and road during the transportation of cargo. Fishy back is the other type of intermodal transportation that is very popular during the exportation of cargo by water, and in this form of intermodal transportation, water ship and trucks are combined for a smooth transportation of cargo. The third type of intermodal transportation is known as train ship, which involves linkage of water and rail transportation. The last type of intermodal transportation is known as air truck, which is the combination of road and air transportation.
There are so many benefits and advantages of intermodal transportation. 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. The high level of flexibility enhanced by the intermodal transportation generally implies that the transportation services are shifted towards the specific needs of the customers (owners of the goods on transit). Single mode of transport like air or train transport tends to cost a lot of cash, especially when the cargo is transported for long distances, and hence the need for intermodal transportation due to its cost-effectiveness. Road transport is greatly affected by different geographical and physical barriers, thus resulting in vehicle breakdowns and delays of the goods reaching the customer destinations on time, but when combined with water or air transport, it becomes easy to overcome all the geographical and physical barriers. Intermodal transportation also makes the whole movement of the cargo easier, faster, and stress-free due to breaking of bulk, that is, breakdown of large units of cargo into small units. Lastly, intermodal transportation promotes safe transportation of products.