Transloading Basics

Nothing can get your goods from point A to point B faster than transloading. Transloading allows you to take advantage of several different modes of transportation in order to move your freight. If you have never used a transloading service before, you might be wondering what information you need or what the basic steps of the process are. Here are some simple steps to get your goods ready for transloading.

Prepare Shipping Documents

Begin by checking out what documentation is going to be needed for your shipment. This might mean an MSDS for chemical shipments or customs paperwork for shipping overseas. Having all of your paperwork in order will make sure that your shipment doesn’t get tied up in the middle of shipping it. Make sure you know of the local and international laws you need to be in compliance of in order to avoid legal entanglements.

Determine Initial Mode of Transport

Transloading means using several different forms of transport. You are going to need to pick your initial form of freight transport in order to get it to your transloading location. Usually this is by truck, but it could also be by rail or ship. Arrange for your first mode to get you to where the transloading is going to take place.

Arrange the Proper Packaging

Shipping something by land or rail has different challenges than shipping something by air or sea. Make sure that when you are getting your shipment moved, you have the proper industrial packaging for the next leg of the shipment. Using a company like Cratex Group who has expertise in both industrial packing and transloading can ensure that you have experts assisting you in both aspects of this part of the process. Cratex can help you build custom crates and packaging for your all of your freight and transloading needs.

Have Labels for your Shipment

Once your goods are all packaged up, you are going to want to make sure they are properly labeled. Sending along custom labels for your shipment will ensure that any branding or specific instructions you have will be affixed to the freight and carried out.

Reoccurring or One Time Transloading

Are you planning on this being a regular shipment, or is this a one-time deal? Make sure you communicate up front with your transloader what your intentions are, as having a shipment that occurs at regular time intervals can bring costs way down in comparison to a one-time shipment. If you need to set up something reoccurring, having a plan that reflects this is very important.

Choose the Secondary Transport Method

Now it is time to select the second part of the transloading leg. Are you going from truck to train or train to ship? Make sure you know the process involved and the regulations and rules for each different mode of transport. You should also make sure that your dates line up, as many transloading services may charge extra for storage. For more information, or for custom crates for all your shipping needs, contact Cratex today.