When it comes to handling goods for import, especially bulk shipments, nothing really saves businesses as much time and money as professional transloading services. Because this is such a flexible and cost-effective means of transportation it has become highly preferable for traders around the globe to implement transloading.
What is Transloading?
Transloading is the practice of moving cargo from one mode of transportation to another. One common example of transloading is when cargo needs to be transported from one inland port to another which would therefore involve multiple modes of shipping in between the two ports. Transloading would therefore include the use of trucks to deliver goods to international destinations after they were received and destuffed from the container that arrived on the ship.
Which Businesses Can Benefit From it?
Almost any business or industry that deals with trading goods can benefit from transloading. Some of the commodities which are commonly transloaded from shipping ports or railway heads include finished and unfinished goods like coal, lumber, paper, metal, construction material as well as clothes, fresh foods and grains.
What Are Various Steps Involved in Transloading?
The process of transloading is easy, efficient and affordable. Here is a five step guide to a basic procedure from start to finish:
- Shipping of Cargo – The first step of the process is the actual transportation of cargo by air, land or sea. Let’s take the example of goods arriving by railcar which is heading towards the site where it will be reloaded.
- Receiving Shipment – Once the railcar reaches the site, the goods are received by the transloading company and prepared for the next step of unloading or destuffing.
- Unloading Goods – This is one of the most important steps of this process as the cargo needs to be checked and removed efficiently as well as with utmost care in order to avoid any damages to the goods. To ensure that the unloading process is carried out in the most professional way, there are specialized machines and equipment that are used for transferring the cargo.
- Storage – As the process is used for the transportation of both perishable as well as non perishable commodities, storage also plays a major role in the process. Every transloading site is well equipped with quality storage facilities where the unloaded goods are safely stocked until it is requested for final delivery by the client.
- Final Shipment – The last leg of the process involves the transportation of shipped, received, and stored goods to its final destination.
Transloading can not only save your business time and money but is a good way to ensure that your cargo is transported safely. In order to avail the very best of industrial packing and crating services, please feel free to contact us today.