Things to Know About Transporting in North America
Most industries in North America have been strengthened by the ease of heavy equipment transportation in and across the continent. The most common modes of transport here include:
● Road Transport
● Railway Transport
● Air Travel
● Waterways Transportation
Road and Railway Transportation in North America
Road transport dominates North America’s equipment transport section. It is particularly integral as it is the main means of transport that links producers and manufacturers to wholesalers (distributors) and ultimately to consumers directly. This makes tricking the first choice for shipping goods across nations in North America and across the border. Please note that some notes in North America (such as ice roads) are seasonal and might be utterly impassable during the winter seasons. Even on smooth roads, moving freight across North American roads is best left to the experts. They have the necessary skills for the job and the right equipment for a safe and successful trucking process. Besides road transportation, North America has its fair share of advantages ranging from flexibility, cost efficiency, reduced cargo handling, and door-to-door delivery. Here are some of the things to consider if you are planning to move freight across North America via road:
The Freight Dimensions
The Nature of Your Freight – Loads can range from hazardous material and liquids to delicate and high-value cargo that might call for special handling.
The Desired Destination
Less Than Truckload – Sometimes, freight might not be enough to fill an entire truck. In such a case, several shippers might come together. The truck will then have to make numerous stops for pick-up and delivery.
Full Truck Load: This is when the load fills up the whole 53 feet of the trailer space.
Intermodal Transportation: This refers to when the load is transported via more than one transportation mode while the container remains closed. For instance, a container will get to the transportation hub by ship and is then transferred to the warehouse via a truck.
Multimodal: The cargo is transported by more than one mode of transport, and the container might be opened to transfer the components to a different mode of transportation.
The United States, Mexico, and Canada all have an intricate rail network that connects almost every major and most minor city. Their railway networks are all interconnected as their railheads stretch from North West and Hay River territories to Vancouver Islands. This includes a vast transcontinental freight rail network. Some of the most common commodities transported by rail in North America include grain, coal, and chemicals. Rail safety regulations in North America and owned and imposed by The Federal Railway Administration (FRA).
Waterway Transportation in North America
North America has a vast network of navigable rivers and great canals, giving rise to an extensive network of inland watercourses. Waterways freight shipping is one of the oldest and most reliable modes of transportation, especially when shipping goods across borders. But with all the options available- road, rail, and air- why would you consider waterways transport?
Water transport offers the most affordable freight costs compared to all other options. As a matter of fact, some water transport costs are five to six times less expensive than air transport. Besides, you can fully depend on water transport to accommodate your shipment, no matter its size. This you unlimited bulk options where you can choose to cost-share the transportation cost with other shippers. Ship are also great options when shipping hazardous and potentially dangerous material without harming the crew, shipping vessel, cargo, and the environment. Cases of cargo loss and damage have also reduced significantly as the containers remain sealed throughout the shipping process. Boat shipping is also the most common way for international equipment shipping.
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