What is Transloading?

When importers deploy a transloading strategy, they terminate ocean containers upon arrival at the port by transferring inventory from the containers to trucks or rail cars.  Typically, inventory contained on 3 ocean containers is the equivalent of (2) 53’ trailers or rail cars.  Inventory is then transported over the road or by rail to distribution center or stores further inland.

Benefits of a Transloading Strategy

Importers and shippers who deploy a transloading strategy can realize exceptional benefits, such as:

Increase speed to market
Importers typically save 3-7 days in transit times when transloading from the West Coast, depending on the inventory’s ultimate destination.  
Decrease ocean import costs
Importers experience savings in the range of $200 – $600 (approximately) per 40-foot container.  
Right place and right time for inventory
Transloading can help increase sales and decrease out-of-stocks by getting inventory in the right place at the right time across your network

A Case Study in Transloading


A major TV manufacturer’s import costs were rapidly increasing on a per unit basis


UNIS provides a turnkey transload program that reduced the door delivery cost by 10%



Savings in Transportation

How much transit time and cost savings could you realize from transloading?
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