Intermodal transport refers to freight moving from a point A to a point B using several means of transport. Each of these means of transport is associated with a unique supplier and thus individual contracts. Several transporters join forces in completing this task within a same itinerary, yet using different transport methods: train, plane, truck and barge for instance.
This type of transport offers a combination of transport solutions: air (plane), land (truck or train), waterways (barge and boat) and sea (cargo). The group of partners are committed to transporting the goods from a point A to a point B.
Transporters (trucks) are entrusted with collecting the goods from the manufacturer or industrial company, and delivering them to the end customer. The supply chain will provide customers with preferential transport methods for long distances – such as trains, planes or boats. Then, a truck will finish conveying the goods from the port or station to the final destination.
Intermodal rail-road transport is a solution that meets the current concern for ever more Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This solution acts most positively on the environment, by using rail transport for long distances, as boats and planes are major sources of pollution.