What is transloading?

With the increasing exporting and importing of goods, freight forwarders and cargo transportation parties constantly search for methods to reduce costs from all the supply chain processes, and transloading is one of the methods that can reduce both cost and time.


But, what exactly is transloading? Let’s find out. In this blog, we will explain everything about transloading and some benefits for your company by using this method.

Let’s start by defining transloading

Transloading, is the operation to transfer a freight from one mode of transportation to another that allows the merchandise to reach its final destination. For example, a business orders a freight of raw material from Europe to the U.S, this freight first is transported by ocean; the ship arrives at the U.S port and immediately the freight is transferred to a truck that finally transports the freight to the final destination.


This method is especially useful for imported merchandise, but also, it can be useful for inland shipping when the final destination requires a specific transport method to arrive.


Also, if your merchandise reaches multiple destinations, transloading can be helpful to optimize the supply chain process: When the freight arrives at port, it can be transload to a truck that transports it to a warehouse, here, the freight can be loaded in different trucks to ship it to the multiple destinations. Generally, a transload flee is applied, to cover the labor of discharging and charging the freight, but at the end of the day, the reduction of cost and time can cover this investment.

what-is-transloading
Transloading, is a good transportation method to optimize your supply chain, | Photo taken from Freepik

Benefits of transloading

  1. Reduce cost of transportation: The combination of different methods of transportation allow you to reduce costs, for example, transport like rail or vessels more cost-effective for long distance.
  2. Flexibility during transit: As you use different methods of transportation, you can adapt your travel for the need of your cargo. For example, if you need to recourse your main route, you can also adopt other transport that fits well with this new route.
  3. Allows your business to reach more locations: Some locations you only can arrive by rail, others by truck, so the usage of transloading is perfect for businesses that want to expand its reach. This can be useful in both inland and international expansion.


No matter if you have a small or a big business, transloading can benefit you and optimize your entire shipping process. So if you need a transloading service for your next shipment you can count with us. In Cargo Care Services we can do this service all around U.S.A, we have the experience and knowledge so you can reduce costs in your logistic chain.

Related posts

How does a Pre-shipment  inspection work?

How does a Pre-shipment inspection work?

  One element in the supply chain is to verify what you bought before shipping…
What are the best practices for Equipment Packaging and Crating?

What are the best practices for Equipment Packaging and Crating?

  Generally, when you deal with machinery or equipment there is also a considerable sum…
FTZ vs Bonded Warehouses: which one is the best for you?

FTZ vs Bonded Warehouses: which one is the best for you?

  For some businesses, it is better to store the merchandise in an FTZ while…