So, you've got a batch of computer parts in Asia that need to be delivered to an assembly plant in New Jersey in 24 hours. What transportation mode do you choose?
Or, what if you need to ship 10,000 tons of bulk grain from St. Louis to New Orleans? Is rail the best option? Or barge?
Weighing the pros and cons of various modes can be overwhelming, especially when you need a reliable solution that makes the most sense for your business. If you need help deciding which transportation mode is the best for shipping your freight, check out our infographic for a comprehensive view of the benefits and drawbacks of the most popular transportation modes — truck, rail, ship/barge and plane.
It's the most common mode of transport in the U.S. and provides quick delivery of shipments traveling short distances. While utilizing truck will allow you to reach just about any location, your carrying capacity may be limited by the vehicle's size and weight restrictions. Learn more
Rail is great for shipping very large volumes over long distances, making it one of the most cost-effective and fuel-efficient transportation modes. However, if you do not have tracks at your facility, you may need to coordinate with trucks for first and last mile transport. Learn more
Water transport is environmentally responsible, fuel efficient and has the ability to carry massive amounts of goods of just about any size or weight. But if you are looking for quick delivery, this mode may not fit the bill, with shipments taking up to a month to arrive at their destination. Learn more
Air transportation is fast, easy to track and is accessible to just about any location with an airport nearby — but it comes with a high price tag and low carrying capacity. Learn more
Need a little more information to make a decision? Contact us — we can help.
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