What Is Transloading?

Our Transloading 101 information can help you delve deeply into the details of transloading, such as transloading costs and types of equipment needed. However, the basis of the process is simple. In many cases, goods cannot be moved through the entire transportation line on just one type of vehicle. Transloading is the process of moving a product from one mode of transportation to another. This process is utilized across the entire transportation industry, and transloading takes many forms - rail to truck, rail to barge, vice-versa, and so on. The goal of this process is to be fast and efficient, all while keeping costs to a minimum.

Transloading 101: Learning the Fundamentals

A Taylor toploader loading pallets of packaged goods at a transload facility

Whether you are new to rail or are an industry veteran, chances are you'll learn something new from our Commtrex Rail 101 Transloading articles. For many companies, transportation represents the largest portion of logistics costs, and it is vital to keep product moving along the supply chain. A product that sits in a railcar or truck does not generate revenue. Combining multiple methods of transportation offers shippers cost savings, flexibility, and the opportunity to expand business and market reach.

Transloading a product requires detailed planning and involves many considerations. There are a variety of factors that affect the process, including transloading costs, specialized equipment needs, and even the general health of the economy. By studying our Transloading 101 lessons, you will learn how to guide your company toward more efficient operational processes, and you will find yourself making overall better decisions.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Transloading

Demand for transloading services is driven by shippers needing to move product. Combining multiple methods of transportation offers shippers cost savings, flexibility, and the opportunity to expand business and market reach. Additionally, different commodities require different methods of shipping, from the type of equipment moving the product to the regulations regarding safe handling. Effective transloading keeps the supply chain moving, however transloading can often involve warehousing. Efficiency in transferring product from one mode of transportation to another is especially important for products that have a limited shelf life, such as produce, or complicated supply chains.

Transload Network Partnerships

In addition to providing shippers with the robust features and functionality of our Transload Marketplace, Commtrex Exchange members also benefit from our strong partnerships with North American Transload Networks.

CSX TRANSFLO Network

Locate CSX TRANSFLO transload terminals across 21,000 miles of CSX track in the eastern US and Canada.

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Canadian Pacific Transload Network

Access Canadian Pacific Preferred transload locations over 14,700 miles of track in the US and Canada.

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BNSF Premier Transload Network

Discover the BNSF Premier Transload Program, spanning across 32,500 BNSF route miles in the US and Canada.

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Canadian National Transload Network

Find Canadian National transload facilities on their 20,000-mile network across Mid-America and Canada.

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