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What is Transloading

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Transloading Is a Cost-Effective Way to Bring Ocean Containers Inland Efficiently

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Shippers are often surprised to find there can be a significant cost and transit improvement by transloading their maritime freight onto domestic 53' intermodal containers or even truckload versus using inland international intermodal services.

A well-tuned transloading strategy creates efficiencies in a supply chain that ultimately increase sales, cut costs and improve customer service to deliver a stronger bottom line, while also improving a company's order-to-cash cycle.

Transloading has grown into even more of a necessity with shortages of containers, chassis, and space. At InTek Freight & Logistics, we can help you add transloading to your supply chain strategy, either because it's necessary or because of the many advantages it offers.

Transloading Example

There is more than one way to handle transloading. But a common example involves the transfer of ocean container contents to a dray truck at the port, then onto a distribution center or warehouse, before goods travel by rail to a final destination. Request a quote to find out how we can help.


Transload Diagram (1)

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Bonded Transloading Example

For bonded freight (goods that have not yet cleared customs), there are bonded transloading options to allow for intermodal movement. The steps for bonded transloading are more complex, but they allow shippers to avoid having freight sit at the port awaiting clearance. Contact us for assistance with bonded transloading.


Bonded Transload Diagram (1)

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Benefits of Transloading

Cost and Transit Savings

In some lanes, InTek transloading solutions have been able to reduce customer transit times by as much as 50%, while still reducing costs. The increased cubic meter (CBM) availability on a domestic container will allow three domestic moves for every four maritime containers - meaning one essentially moves for free.

Position Product Based on Market Conditions at Time of Import to Improve Sales

Transloading gives companies the opportunity to assess product needs by up-to-the-minute regional market sell-through to best position the product in their sales channels. Since the freight does take a stop-off at a port-located facility, the freight can also be expedited to fill stocking needs or realigned by region.

Optimize Value-Added Services at Scale

There is also the possibility to perform a series of value-added services at the time of transloading to customize product needs for the final mile preparation of the end consumer. This step can produce scale that will drive down costs for companies that have a multi-distribution center (DC) strategy where each location is performing the same customization work at their facilities.

DC Optimization

The InTek Freight & Logistics transloading, transportation and port DC network can essentially be another warehousing location. Shippers can eliminate some inland freight movement and ship direct-to-customer versus taking the product inland and then having to ship it back the other direction.  This saves both time and money.

Learn More

Learn more about transloading with our What Is Transloading video:


Transloading freight and intermodal often go hand-and-hand, so for a comprehensive article on intermodal we recommend reading The Complete Guide to Intermodal Transportation.

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