What will be outlined below is why nurseries should considered converting truckload to intermodal or to augment truckload lanes with 53' domestic intermodal capacity.
Reasons Nursery Stock Companies are Considering Intermodal
Truckload to intermodal rail conversion is on the rise. Rising fuel costs, driver shortages, increased regulations are starting to take its toll on truckload capacity and cost. At the same time, railroads have invested tens of billions in infrastructure, technology and people that are making the misconceptions about intermodal fade away in shippers' minds. The result is domestic 53' intermodal is the fastest domestic transportation market and continues to have multiple record growth years.
Intermodal transportation services have evolved to a point where railroads specialized niches have been developed and nursery stock programs are now in place with the major railroads. The goal of the new service is to give nursery growers and buyers a one stop shop that simplifies their shipping needs; takes away the unknowns that may come from using intermodal for the first time; and have a service that meets the needs of the industry.
With one phone call nursery stock shippers have access to the following:
All inclusive flat fee
Railroad line haul
Two hours of free time at origin and another two hours of free time at destination for loading and unloading the trailer
Cleaning and special handling required by the nursery business
Next Steps for Shipping Nursery Stock Via Intermodal
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