Intermodal Transportation Saves Time and Money:

Companies shipping truckloads over 650 miles now have a real alternative in domestic intermodal. More and more BCO's and NVO's rely on R² Freight and Logistics for door-to-door intermodal on 53' equipment to maximize shipping lane capacity, minimize costs and guarantee reliable delivery of their products. Through R², it only takes one call for shippers to gain access to over 150,000 North American 53' intermodal containers, plus thousands and thousands of 20' and 40' containers for inland freight movements. Our leading-edge technology makes the transition from truckload to intermodal simple.

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Key Advantages Intermodal has over Truckload:

  • An average of 15% to 18% cost savings
  • Capacity solution for constrained truckload lanes
  • More visibility with up-to-the-minute tracking
  • Truck competitive transits
  • Enhanced security
  • Decreased highway congestion
  • Improved carbon footprint
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What is Intermodal?

Intermodal transportation is the movement of freight via multiple methods of transportation, rail and truck. This method results in lower costs, additional capacity and decreased carbon footprint, making it an attractive option for shippers. 

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What Makes for a Good Intermodal Lane

BCO's and NVO's are always on the quest to find the most effective and efficient method to ship their freight. When planning your next load, there are a number of elements that you should consider to see if a conversion from truckload to intermodal is the best course of action for your shipment.

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Intermodal Misconceptions

There are numerous misunderstandings surrounding the speed, security, and value of intermodal. Many of these misconceptions were created years ago, yet not erased from the minds of many shippers. With many still living in the past, value is being left on the table for loads that would be a good fit for intermodal.

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Intermodal Network Map

R² Freight and Logistics has direct relationship with all of the North American Class I Railroads in the country. As a result of these relationships, R² provides some of the most comprehensive 53' intermodal services in the industry, plus 20' and 40' options that many IMC's cannot access. To learn more about the availability and strength of this network, take a look at our intermodal network map.

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Intermodal Spot Rates

Our All-in Spot Rates are based on the rates published by the railroads. These rates are updated every Monday to reflect any changes from week to week. View this week's intermodal spot rates and bookmark the page to stay current with savings that are available to your business.

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R² Freight and Logistics offers transloading services for both import and export freight at the major US ports. Our team can either perform inland movements via 53' domestic intermodal or truckload. As a result, BCO's and NVO's can better manage channel inventory needs at a reduced all-in cost.

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Intermodal Terms & Definitions

Interested in learning more about the common terms that you will hear and see throughout the transportation process? We have compiled a complete list of the most common industry terms and their definitions for your reference.

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