Multimodal and intermodal transport

When planning to move goods from one place to another, you will often encounter two terms: intermodal and multimodal transport, both involving multiple modes of transport. This coordination of trucks, trains, and ships aims to enhance supply chain efficiency.

In multimodal transport, goods are transferred by unloading and reloading them from one container or vehicle to another.

In contrast, intermodal transport keeps the cargo within the same loading unit throughout the shipment (without disrupting the load). It uses standard loading units such as containers, swap bodies, and semi-trailers, which can be easily transferred between different modes of transport without needing to unload and sort the contents during the transfer process.

Why choose intermodal transport?

  1. Efficiency: Intermodal transport simplifies the process by using different modes of transport without unnecessary loading and unloading.
  2. Cost savings through economies of scale: When shipping large volumes, intermodality reduces transport costs for each unit of cargo.
  3. Security: Since the cargo stays in the same container throughout the journey, the risk of damage is lower.

As freight forwarders, we act as the single point of contact for businesses, making it easier for our clients by handling all stages of transport for them.

At Timat, we coordinate with our trusted partners both in Italy and internationally, and we provide tailored services to meet the specific needs of each request. We ensure constant communication with transport companies to guarantee the most advantageous choice in terms of costs and delivery times.

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