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The 4 Modes of Transportation; All Moving Differently Together, To Get Your Shipment From Point A-B

Which Mode Is Right For Your Company?


Truck: Shipping via truck is one of the more common modes of transportation, whether domestically within Canada, cross the border between Canada/US/Mexico, or domestically within the United States. Trucks are incredibly versatile and can transport different types of goods, from raw materials to finished products, to heavy machinery, whether it requires Dry Van, Reefer, Flat Bed, Roll Tite Step Deck, etc. Trucks need a lot of space to maneuver safely and can be challenging in congested areas, making this mode of delivery of your goods difficult in certain situations. Ultimately, whether or not shipping via truck is the right choice for your company will depend on the type of goods you need to transport and the distance they need to travel.

Air: Air is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to ship goods long distances. It is often the first choice for businesses and individuals looking to send products quickly overseas. Companies needing to make partial moves around the globe or chartered flights. However, air shipping is costly and is not always the most eco-friendly option. Additionally, the lighter weight of the items to be shipped can impact the cost and delivery time. For these reasons, it is necessary to consider the pros and cons before deciding on air shipping for your needs.

Ocean: Shipping via ocean is one of the most cost-effective mode of transportation for transporting goods and materials across long distances. While it may take weeks or even months for goods to travel by sea, the cost savings compared to other forms of transportation can be substantial. Whether it be LCL (Less Than Container Load) or FCL (Full Container Load), sending goods in a shipping container ensures they are safe and secure during transit; while offering the potential for consolidation with other shipments. Ultimately, weighing the pros and cons of shipping by the ocean is something that should be considered, when choosing this mode of transportation globally.

Rail: Rail & Intermodal is one of the oldest modes of transportation, and it remains popular today because it is reliable and often less expensive than other options. Rail can also transport large loads of goods; domestically within Canada, cross-border between CAD/US/MX, and domestically within the United States. The cost of moving goods via rail can be more cost-effective, safer, and eco-friendly. However, it does take more time than over the road via truck. Despite the cons, rail remains a popular mode of transportation for many businesses.

Using multiple modes of transport for one shipment, all moving differently and coming together around the globe. Each mode of transportation has its unique pros and cons, and understanding those helps us Move Differently, Together For You.

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