Transloads: Preparing for the 3rd Quarter

By In Insight On 14th April 2022

Now is the time to begin preparing for potential supply chain disruptions later in the year. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding capacity in late Q2 and Q3. The war in Ukraine, the possible west coast labor strike, and Covid add to the potential disruption shippers face.


Transloading is a potential opportunity to keep your supply chain on track.


Transloads offer a way to accelerate your shipping times or deliver directly to your customers. Freight is pulled from the port to a local warehouse, where it is held for consolidation or shipped immediately via truck. This avoids the rail backlogs and demurrage which plagued 2021.


Here are five key reasons to consider transloads

  1. Rail Capacity and Wait Times Product can be pulled from the port and moved out the same day via trucks. This eliminates wait time and rail demurrage.
  2. Reduced Costs Ocean Rates can be negotiated to port without any inland costs. Additionally, 3-40 foot containers can be loaded into 2-53 foot dry van truckloads.
  3. Flexibility Product at the transload warehouse can be routed to multiple sites. Customer orders can ship directly to the customers and the vendor distribution centers (D.C.s). This reduction in touches can cut costs and keep D.C.s running efficiently.
  4. Palletization Containers can be hand-stacked to capacity and broken down at the transload facility onto pallets for easier handling through the supply chain.
  5. Green Solutions Consolidation of both ocean containers and truckloads provides for more freight being moved on fewer vehicles lowering carbon emissions.

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