“Transloading” is a term for transporting a shipped item from one mode of transportation to another. It is usually used in reference to the process of shipping very large items. In this situation, this method is uniquely suited to shipping items safely and at the lowest cost. Traditional couriers may be able to ship your large item (automobile, aircraft, estate, etc.), but they will certainly charge an enormous premium. It’s best to leave this job to the professionals who are experienced and suited for this big task.
This mode of shipment is most appropriate for long distance shipping, especially when goods must cross state or international lines. On a journey like this, the shipped items must be moved from one mode of transportation to another: from a truck to a train to a ferry, for example. During these contact points, it is important that handling and repacking be minimized, as these often result in damage to the goods contained in the shipping company’s shipping containers.
In some cases, however, unloading and reloading is unavoidable. Take, for example, an estate shipment that must go from the coast of Canada to France. It isn’t feasible to take the shipping containers from the shipping company of origin, ship them all the way over to France, empty them, then ship them all the way back to Canada. Because that would be untenable, it’s common that at these international interces, the shipping company packs and unpacks the goods shipped into containers owned by the shipping entity in charge of the next leg of the journey.
In situations like these, companies that specialize in their complex transfers further demonstrate their worth. It takes care and knowledge to load and unload goods without damaging any of them. Companies of this caliber have intensive training, and employ people with years and decades of experience. In every case, reputable companies of this type will take legal responsibility for the care of the items they are shipping. If something breaks or goes missing, their scrupulous inventory records will demonstrate the wrong, and their liability coverage will pay for the repair or replacement of the item in question.
That’s basically how it all works. For people who are interested in travelling long term in, or moving permanently to, a foreign country, this mode of transport may be the best possible option. It’s a great shipping method for people who can’t simply rent a moving truck for the purpose, as the distance is too great, the items must be shipped across an ocean, or the individual cannot be responsible for the shipping.
Many people “sacrifice” their possessions when they move far away. Some sell them. Others give them away. Others leave them sitting in a house or storage unit. But when you understand the costs and mechanism of efficient shipment of large and bulk items, you’ll see that it’s not as cost prohibitive as you may once have thought. Try it out for yourself the next time you have to move a huge item somewhere far away.