Are you looking for ways to move your freight more efficiently? Then you have probably considered using transloading, a great way to effectively manage freight by leveraging several different modes of transportation. Instead of trucking to a distribution centre and then further breaking a shipment down there, a transloading company like Cratex can do the sorting for you and get your shipments to where you need them quickly and cheaply. If you are thinking of leveraging transloading for your freight needs, here are some tips, courtesy of Cratex.
Choose Your Transportation Wisely
The whole idea of transloading is to use multiple modes of freight transport. If you have a land based trucking firm move your shipment to a transloading site only to have it put back onto trucks, then you are not thinking along the right shipping lines.
Transloading should involve rail, sea and truck based shipment—maybe not all three in one freight shipment, but some combination of two (or more) should be on your radar.
Pick the Right Transloading Provider
Make sure when you are looking for transloading companies that you pick the right one. Your provider should have access to multiple shipping carriers and offer services that can enhance your freight carrying. Cratex offers services like custom crating, shipping consolidation and land to sea loading along with many years of experience in the field.
Take Time to Plan
The longer you wait, the more your freight shipment is going to cost. Unless there is a good reason for you to wait until the last minute, get your planning done early. Transloading providers can get full very quickly depending on factors like time of year or economic climate. This means that waiting until the last minute can limit your choice of providers or end up costing you much more. Give at least six months to fully plan ahead if you can. The more time you leave for planning, the better off you will be.
Factor in Transloading Times
Remember, the transfer from one carrier to another does not happen instantaneously. Often there can be 48 to 72 hours of delay between the time that a shipment arrives to a transloading provider and it getting shipped back out again. You should factor at least that much time (or more) into your shipping time estimate for your customers. Otherwise, you might find yourself dealing with angry customers with late shipments.
Do the Math
Transloading is not right for everyone. You should sit down and run through a rough estimate of the numbers to ensure that you are going to be seeing the right amount of savings when using a transloading provider. After doing the calculations, you might find you are better off picking options like LTL freight rather than using transloading. Pick what is best for you and your shipment to ensure that you are getting the most out of your investment.
Contact Cratex Group for Your Transloading Needs
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