Multimodal Transport is the combination of different means of transport, in order to facilitate the movement of cargo, i.e. making it faster and more efficient.
When it comes to this mode of transportation, there is more than one kind of vehicle necessary to take the goods to their final destination, by the use of trucks, trains, ships, airplanes or some other mean of transport for the delivery.
The advantage of Multimodal Transport lies in the most efficient combination of multiple means of transport, whilst optimizing deadlines, cutting back on inventory costs, therefore keeping the costs of the merchandise under control. The combination of these also results in high environmental sustainability, since Multimodal Transport reduces the environmental footprint of transportation.
Despite the support of environmentalists and cargo transportation experts, multimodality might induce certain costs through the use of modal interfaces, such as transshipments, handling, etc. However, you may hire a Freight Forwarding Company that provides an interface between the various types of transport, without getting the Importer or the Exporter involved in this exchange.
For more complex shipments, or a more thorough exploration of the quality/price ratio of each part of the transportation, multimodal transport is a good, often the only, option to consider, especially to/from countries that do not border on the sea.
Advantages of Multimodal Transport:
- Centralization of responsibility in one transport operator;
- Use of international experience, in transportation as well as in the field of bureaucracy and commerce;
- Economies of scale in transport negotiations;
• Better use of available infrastructure and more efficient means of transport, focused on cost reduction;
• Reduction of indirect costs (e.g. human resources).
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Rui Pinto is the COO of Multicargo, supervising all the day-to-day operations of the company and contributing to the development of new services and solutions, customized to the clients’ needs. He has been an employee of Multicargo since its establishment in 2010.