Businesses that ship products to South Florida generally rely on less-than-truckload (LTL) or truckload (TL) services. Depending on the point-of-origin, the distance it takes to get freight from point A to point B may also include a high price tag.
Fortunately, shippers are not limited to road transportation when shipping goods to Florida markets, such as Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Intermodal options, such as trailer-on-flatcar and container-on-flatcar, are growing in popualrity among shippers—and there are good reasons why.
Here are four reasons why you might benefit from utilizing intermodal transportation services to South Florida:
- Capacity: In times of tightened trucking capacity, intermodal transportation options can provide much-needed relief for shippers (particularly in Florida where shipping lanes can be highly competitive).
- Transit Times: With proper planning, intermodal transit times to South Florida are exceptional and very competitive to traditional TL and LTL services. Shipping by rail to Miami from Charlotte, N.C., for example, can take as little as two days.
- Competitive Pricing: The fuel efficiency of intermodal transportation reduces the overall costs of shipping by rail in comparison to road transport. Depending on the origin and destination, transit times may be a little slower. However, if the shipment is not needed the very next day, the savings in shipping costs can be worth the trade-off.
- Access to Global Markets: The ports in Florida provide access to several international markets, including South America, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Europe, and China. International transportation services available in South Florida, such as Averitt's PortSide® Services, can pick up intermodal freight from the rail and then prepare it for international shipping.
There are many other reasons to consider intermodal transportation options to South Florida. However, each shipper will have their own unique set of needs. Teaming up with the right service provider that can offer different solutions may yield the best option that saves the most time and money.