Haulage solutions & transportation by road or rail

Most haulage solutions involve inland transportation by road or rail, where a route is taken between two destinations. These road transport options can range from small vans and trailer trucks to long road trains. The load can be secured on the vehicle but also in a swap body like a container, often referred to as container shipping, and can be a multimodal mode of freight transportation for end-to-end deliveries. The size of cargo transportation can vary between a parcel up to a whole truckload.

An advantage of transportation by road and rail, such as groupage cargo, part loads, and full truck loads, is speed and reliability with little risk of delays because they do not have to load or unload between origin and destination. As they can provide door-to-door services and come in a wide variety of vehicle types, it allows them to offer flexible freight forwarding services of almost any size and weight over any distance.

Forwarding cargo by haulage solutions such as road and rail offer faster time-to-market than ocean shipping at a lower cost than air shipping.

Cost of rail transport 

The costs of rail transport are typically not very capital intensive because the wheels of a train have minimal friction while moving and have less resistance through the surface. Meaning that if the conditions are right, a train needs about 50-70% less energy to transport cargo by road. For large shipments, over 100,000 pounds (ca. 45 t), rail is a more suitable and low-cost mode of transport.

Cost of road transport

The freight shipping costs by road are typically relatively low, using maintained public networks, such as high-speed roads and usually toll-free roads. However, the costs are variable because you also have to deal with fuel prices, maintenance of the means of transport, wear of tires, and labor costs.

Each vehicle needs a designated driver and cleaner. This makes road transport most suitable for sending small -and high-quality products over short distances. The most appropriate means of transportation depend on the type of cargo to be transported and if the shipment travels internationally.

Types of road cargo

Initially, we look at the type of load, weight, and shape/dimensions. Types of road transport goods can be; general cargo, bulk cargo and liquid cargo (Full Truck Load), and groupage cargo. These are oversized loads and/or heavyweight. There are also dangerous goods, which must be transported under temperature control, and require their type of road transport.

To ensure safe and efficient deliveries, certain goods must be transported according to specific rules and regulations, especially if it is cargo export. They are subject to local and international regulations and require special permits and route authorization.

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