Transloading 101: Save Time & Money

To transload or not to transload — that is the question.

Transloading services have increasingly become an integral part of moving goods that arrive at a port and travel inland. So, what exactly is transloading? Let’s take a closer look.


Most freight comes by way of shipping containers on large vessels. This standardization has greatly increased the use and efficiency of transloading – which is the process of moving the contents from a 40- or 45-foot ocean container to a domestic 53-foot intermodal rail container, over-the-road truck trailer, or consolidating freight to a less-than-truckload carrier.

Due to increased international trade and the growth of e-commerce, transloading has become a standard method for shipping goods in recent years, especially in and around the L.A. port complex where as much as one-third of containers coming through Southern California are transloaded.

In the ultra-competitive market of retail shipping, companies are constantly looking to gain an advantage and transloading facilities are one way to save time and money when complicated logistics are involved. In fact, many long-haul shipments of goods often involve multiple shipping companies, multiple modes of transit, or both before the shipment reaches its ultimate destination.

Retail giants such as Target, Kohls, Williams Sonoma and Wal-Mart continue to drive the current rise in transloading services.

To find out more about NEXT Trucking’s transloading services, please visit or call 855-688-6398.

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