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Transportation - Best Practices Manual

Transportation - Best Practices Manual

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If you have to ship loads that are exceptionally high, wide, long or heavy, such as special
offshore rig components, turbines or other oversized or heavy lift project cargoes,
railways have special "Dimensional Loads" departments to accommodate this kind of
equipment. Your transportation services provider or rail carrier can offer solutions to
plan the best routing, consideration of safety and special handling requirements and all
government and regulatory restrictions to accommodate such shipments.

CME Transportation Best Practices- Logistics Consultants PF Collins International Trade Services

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Part 8
Intermodal Transport

Introduction

Intermodal transport is the combination of at least two modes of transport - by road, rail,
sea or air - in a single transport chain. Typically, when you book freight with a single
carrier or forwarder, your service supplier will arrange for all legs of the journey, from
start-to-finish and will facilitate the co-ordination of all intermodal requirements on your
behalf.

Shipping Goods Intermodally:
To and From Newfoundland and Labrador

The most common forms of intermodal transport for Newfoundland businesses would
involve moving goods by sea for subsequent road transport to their ultimate inland
destination. Similarly, for some shippers to North American markets, the long distance is
covered by rail, whereas the distribution from the terminal to the final destination takes
place by road.

Unaccompanied Shipments:

The following example illustrates an intermodal freight movement that is
"unaccompanied":

• A full truck load is driven to a terminal for intermodal transhipment.
• The loading unit - a container, a swap body or a semi-trailer - is put on the train or
ocean carrier
• The unit travels by rail or ocean to the destination terminal.
• At the destination terminal, it is unloaded and picked up by a traction vehicle.
• The truck travels by road to final destination.

Accompanied Transport

Some carriers offer the option of accompanied transport, wherein entire trucks or
articulated vehicles are transported by rail on special low-loader wagons. The drivers
travel on the same train in a sleeping car.

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