When time permits, intermodal transportation can be the most economical solution to your larger shipments. It can also be more predictable and more energy-efficient than shipping over-the-road.

Keep reading if you’re still unsure whether intermodal shipping is the right option for you.

Less Handling

Avoiding extra handling of your freight can help protect sensitive freight from potential damage. Once your freight is loaded into a shipping container, it stays there for the whole route.

Capacity Options

In many cases where truckload capacity may be too tight, intermodal shipping is the best alternative to keep your freight on schedule.

Consistent Rates

Since a train carries the longest portation of an intermodal shipment, rail prices have the biggest impact on costs. Rail rates usually have predictable and consistent pricing because there is plenty of rail capacity and freight chains cost less to fuel than other options. There are changes to rail rates based on demand and season to look out for, but quotes are still likely to stay consistent, which makes budgeting and planning easier.


With one single gallon of fuel, a freight train can haul one ton of freight approximately 470 miles. If you’re looking for a green option, intermodal transportation is one of the most fuel-efficient modes of transportation.

Fewer Delays

Intermodal transportation is less vulnerable to delays from construction, road hazards, and traffic. Intermodal helps your shipping timeline stay on track.

ICAT Logistics Detroit can handle the shipment door to door and provide full visibility right through to delivery. Contact ICAT Logistics Detroit today to find the best route for your business.