In order to remain competitive in an increasingly global marketplace, manufacturers and distributors should consider expanding their scope into overseas markets. Some business owners shy away from international trade because the idea of shipping their products to a destination overseas can be intimidating and seem costly. Fortunately, global intermodal freight transport offers advantages that enable American suppliers to safely and affordably transport their products to clients who live thousands of miles away.
Advantages of Global Intermodal Freight Transport
Using global intermodal freight to ship a collection of goods to a customer overseas is beneficial for a number of reasons:
- Few, if any height restrictions for cargo
- A seamless delivery of products
- Enhanced security of cargo
These advantages will make a difference to companies regardless of the countries to which they ship. However, companies seeking low-cost mode of shipping goods into landlocked or third world countries will find these advantages to be particularly beneficial.
Global Intermodal Freight Transport Helps Companies Conserve Money
While intermodal freight transport may require more time than air transport, customers who choose to utilize a combination of ocean, ground and/or rail shipping typically enjoy significant cost savings. The total savings tends to increase as the shipment size increases, and is particularly impressive when shipping a collection of goods that is sizable enough to fill at least one 40-foot container.
Fewer Height Restrictions Facilitate the Shipment of Large Items
The ability to ship oversize equipment from door to destination is particularly advantageous for businesses such as medical device companies that ship C-arms and tall anesthesia machines to customers in landlocked countries. While the overwhelming majority of products shipped overseas can fit into a 20 or 40 foot container, they may fail to meet certain airline height restrictions.
Increased Protection of Shipped Products
One of the key benefits of global intermodal freight transport is the security offered during the transportation process. Unlike other modes of transport, which may involve the opening of parcels during the customs process, global intermodal freight transport ensures that all shipped goods are housed safely and securely in the same sealed container from the point of departure to the customer’s destination. Keeping items within a sealed container prevents the potential loss or theft of goods that sometimes occurs when individual goods are inspected and handled when being transferred using other modes of shipping.
By offering cost savings, security and the ability to ship large items, global intermodal freight transport provides an effective solution to people seeking an affordable means of shipping their products overseas.