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Facts About Rail
Curious about shipping by rail? Here are some facts you might want to know:
- One rail car can carry the same amount of cargo as 3-4 trucks. That means when you ship with rail, you’re managing fewer shipments and gaining supply chain efficiencies.
- On average, U.S. freight railroads can move one ton of freight more than 470 miles on a single gallon of fuel, generating a carbon footprint that is 75 percent less than trucks.
- Rail is the most efficient way to ship long distances – but can also accommodate short-haul moves.
- You can ship just about anything by rail, from raw materials to component parts to finished goods – just not passengers, personal property, pets or other living things.
- If your product is fragile or sensitive to vibrations, it might be able to ship by rail. Some railroads have Shipment Quality teams to ensure damage-free delivery of your products.
- Even if you or your customers don't have tracks, you can still take advantage of this safe and economical way to ship. If you need help connecting to rail, logistics companies like Loup Logistics can help. Loup can also provide logistic visibility to your rail shipments.
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