What is transloading?
Transloading is a logistics process that involves transferring goods or cargo from one mode of transportation to another. It requires specialized facilities and equipment such as cranes, forklifts, loading platforms, and more. For example, in international transportation, a batch of goods has arrived at a port and needs to be loaded onto a truck to reach its destination. This is the most common form of transloading.
Additionally, some ports may be unable to accommodate large container ships due to geographical limitations, so it requires the goods to be unloaded midway and loaded onto smaller vessels for transportation to the port. This process is also referred to as transloading.
As you can see, transloading can occur at various points along the supply chain. In addition to ports, it can take place at rail yards, fulfillment or distribution centers, etc. During the transloading process, goods can be temporarily stored in warehouses or fulfillment centers. And packaging or handling requirements may be modified to ensure compatibility with the new mode of transportation.
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