Refractories manufacturers are likely well-versed in the special requirements that these products have for shipping purposes. While these materials can be transported via different modes (e.g., ground, ship or air), intermodal shipping is a great transportation solution (depending on the shipment lane). Intermodal has become the fastest-growing mode of transportation by combining the best characteristics of different modes to deliver service, savings and solutions to shippers.
Intermodal marketing companies (IMCs) work together with trucking companies (drayage carriers), steamship lines and railroads to provide a cost-effective, seamless, reliable, efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly way to transport goods from origin to destination. Intermodal shipping is four times more fuel efficient than truckload; an intermodal train can move one ton of freight 450 miles on one gallon of fuel. In addition, one train can carry the load of 280 trucks.