For international shippers, maintaining low costs and high efficiency are critical to success. With ideal location, excellent rail service, easy access to facilities and ample availability of equipment, transloading through Portland provides the competitive advantage that many inland importers are searching for.
Transloading involves the transfer or consolidation of cargo from one mode of transport to another. At the Port, it starts with moving 20 or 40-foot international containers from the ships to warehouses and distribution centers. There, the goods inside are loaded into larger, 53-foot domestic containers to be transported by truck or train to destinations throughout the region and to larger inland markets.
A new video produced by the Port showcases the benefits of transloading containerized cargo through Portland. Featuring the Port’s own Greg Borossay, general manager marine marketing, the brief presentation features animation, maps and video clips to illustrate the fast and affordable movement of goods through the supply chain.
The video highlights Portland’s proximity to rivers, roads and rail, alongside key benefits including:
· Ample low cost warehouse space in close proximity to the container terminal
· Favorable 53-foot container backhaul rates, 15-20% less than other U.S. West Coast ports
· Lower trucking costs thanks to reduced distances to transload facilities
· Readily available 53-foot equipment in the Portland market
Take a few minutes to learn more about why Portland is a unique and desirable import gateway for transload and distribution savings from the Far East to the Midwest and beyond.