Intermodal transport – shipment of commodities using more than one means of transport without transhipment during the change of the transport type. Shift of cargo on the whole route takes place in the same shipment unit (container, replaceable body, road vehicle, rail vehicle or ship).
(Based on: Illustrated Glossary for Transport Statistics – International Transport Forum).
ADVANTAGES OF INTERMODAL TRANSPORT
Significant reduction of CO2 emission connected with transport of commodities
Transport safety – lesser risk of cargo damage
Optimal transport costs
Big one-off loading surface
Facilitations connected with the management of transport processes
Reduction of intensity of truck traffic volume
Better accessibility of transport services
INTERMODAL TRANSPORT STEP BY STEP
TERMINAL I – TRANSHIPMENT
TERMINAL II – TRANSHIPMENT
In 2015 intermodal transport reached 4,6% share in railway transport market (measured by cargo mass).
It was 0,4 percentage point higher than in 2014.
Intermodal transport tradition dates back to 18th century England.