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Why Ship by Rail?
- It’s the most environmentally responsible way to ship freight over land. On average, U.S freight railroads can move one ton of freight more than nearly 500 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel, generating a carbon footprint that is 75% less than trucks.
- It’s cost effective. Rail typically offers a lower cost per ton mile than truck.
- You can ship almost anything by rail. From raw materials to component parts to finished goods – just not personal property, passengers, pets or other living things.
- You can ship almost anywhere. You can ship products by rail pretty much anywhere in North America. Between the major railroads in Canada, the United States and Mexico and smaller railroads in between, railroad tracks span the continent. Factor in ocean carriers and you can use rail to ship to virtually any destination worldwide. Although rail is the most efficient way to ship long distances, trains can also accommodate short-haul moves.
- You can ship large volumes with ease. One rail car can carry the same amount of cargo as 3-4 trucks. So when you ship with rail, you're managing fewer shipments and gaining supply chain efficiencies. Not shipping that much? Sometimes railroads can handle "less-than-truckload" shipments.
- You don’t need tracks. Even if you or your customers don't have tracks, you can still take advantage of the safety, environmental and economic benefits of rail thanks to a process called transloading. If you need to connect to rail, logistics companies like Loup Logistics can help. Loup can also provide logistics visibility to your rail shipments.
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