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A Guide to Intermodal Trucking. Movement is a key feature of human being. People do not only move but also create movement for goods these movements are known as transportation. The movement may happen over several means of transport creating a need for intermodal transport. The most common type of intermodal transport involves having sea transport as one of the means of transport. Import or exports using sea transport are offloaded or loaded at the sea harbor where an intermodal specialist performs the role of interlinking the modes of transport. The Harbor specialists is usually a company that directs the movement of containers. This involves loading export containers to the ship and offloading import containers off the ship and loading them to the relevant next mode of transport such as road. Therefore the sender or receiver of the cargo does not have to travel all the way to the sea harbor to see off their goods. The terms of operations entails the owner of the cargo sending the message about an incoming or outgoing container to the intermodal transportation agency. The information is the description, which will be used to identify the container. The Harbor specialist then undertakes the clearing process and loads the container either to the ship or to the inland mode of transport as instructed by the cargo owner.
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Intermodal transportation is used to overcome the limitation of one, means of transport. Demerits of various means of transportation are as follows.
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Some modes of transport are not accessible in some parts. Such as a water transportation vessels can only travel over water mediums such as sea and oceans. This means that it is only accessible to coastal city. The road and railway transport are used to link the coastal cities with the other land area. Intermodal transportation, also, reduces the excess capacity of a means of transport. Each means of transport has a limited capacity, meaning if the need of transport exceed the capacity the means will be congested. To ease intermodal congestion transportation assist people to switch to the least congested mode of transport when moving or to transport goods. Movement of goods by ships and other water vessels are facilitated the growth of international trade. Businesses can distribute their goods worldwide. The major benefits of sea transport is that it is relatively cheap and has huge capacity to carry bulky goods. Countries without coastal lines can also get or send goods to other continents as a result of intermodal transportation. The countries without coastal lines usually have agreements with their neighboring countries with coastal lines to allow them to use their sea or ocean harbors. Sea transport interlinking with other means of transport has facilitated the growth of coastal towns and cities.