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Differences between multimodal and intermodal transport 

In today’s article, we will explain the differences between multimodal and intermodal transport and their respective advantages and disadvantages, so you can choose the one that best suits the needs of your company. 

Multimodal transportation

This modality is characterized by the fact that a single company is in charge of moving the goods through different routes and means of transport. The transfer is carried out by the same operator, which guarantees that he is responsible for the goods being moved throughout the entire process. 

Advantages and disadvantages of multimodal transport

As the main advantage, multimodal transport offers a reduction in costs and distribution times, in addition to the fact that by using a single transportation company there is a significant reduction in the risk of loss of goods. 

Sometimes there are legal and operational limitations due to international regulations, and terminal inspections are also considered a disadvantage. Finding a company that does these routes is often complicated. 

Intermodal transport

It is the movement of goods from the point of production to the destination, using different means. Intermodal transport combines water, land, and air transport to obtain a more efficient route where the goods are safe. 

Advantages and disadvantages of intermodal transport

The transport managers respond individually to their needs, which facilitates the operation, in addition to the fact that transport through containers can help movements to be faster, however, the goods may encounter operational and legal limitations depending on international regulations. In addition, it is usually slower and the infrastructure is more expensive.

In summary, multimodal transport requires only one document, while intermodal transport requires several formalities, in addition to the fact that it does not require intermediaries. Multimodal transport is cheaper, but intermodal transport has very competitive prices as well. 

Both modes of transportation have their own requirements so we cannot say which one is better, it is about finding the one that best suits the needs of your company and your merchandise, as well as taking into account the final destination of the goods and the satisfaction of your customers. 

Whichever method you choose, Xborder will satisfy your needs. With over 10 years of experience and thousands of international partners, Xborder provides all the necessary tools so your e-commerce can cross borders. 

The services offered by Xborder range from import and export logistics, legal procedures, customer service, and technological tools that improve the quality of your online store. For further information, visit www.xborder.co


Daniel Martínez

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