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Intermodal Transportation

Secure, efficient and reliable freight logistics.

Think you know intermodal? Look again. Schneider has created the most connected rail network in the industry, reducing pickup to arrival transit time by 10%. Added 20% more capacity with our lightweight chassis and containers. Plus, improved end-to-end customer service by 11%. Across North American borders and beyond, we’re bringing you truck-like reliability with more options and more control. Those are Schneider innovations you can count on.

Intermodal shipping is right for you if:

  • Your freight is shipped in full 53' truckload containers.
  • Your freight ships to the same locations consistently.
  • Sustainability is a supply chain initiative for your organization.
  • Your shipments go to and from metro areas or across borders.
  • Your shipments travel 300 miles or more.
  • Security of the shipments is critical.
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Intermodal transportation offers significant advantages for shippers

  • Rely on company-owned containers, chassis and tractors, not third-party availability.

  • Utilize a large North American network of 60+ ramps, and growing — with all major railroads.

  • More than 90% of drays are performed by highly trained company drivers.

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Payload savings calculator

Move up to 10% more product per load with our lightweight equipment configuration.

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CO₂ and fuel savings calculator

Reduce emissions and boost sustainability just by using rail.

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Truckload vs. Intermodal

The great freight debate

Unlock our exclusive webinar in which two logistics leaders at SanMar, the nation’s largest wholesale distributor of apparel, discuss rebalancing your mode mix to deliver big-time results for your supply chain.

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Intermodal vs. OTR shipping

Intermodal transportation offers significant advantages for shippers over OTR. You have access to challenging and hard-to-serve markets like the Northeast and Florida for up to a third less the cost of over-the-road delivery, without sacrificing reliability with our Eastern Core service. Get coast-to-coast with ease with Transcontinental service. Beat traditional transit times with Express services. Plus, ship through the most secure U.S.–Mexico cross-border solution with the CPKC.

Rail partnerships for priority placement

Schneider services all of North America with more than 60 ramp locations. Your freight earns priority placement with CSX, CPKC and Union Pacific for quick moves on and off the train. Satellite tracking provides total visibility and real-time monitoring. The latest security measures and double-stacked container options keep your loads safe and secure.

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Where can the most connected rail network in the industry take you?

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Schneider Intermodal connects you to:

The shipping services you need, when and where you need them.

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Bulk Express Intermodal

Upgrade to safer, more reliable, more sustainable solutions.
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long haul services

Long-haul services

Move loads efficiently anywhere and free up capacity.
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short haul

Short-haul and regional services

Keep your supply chain close to home running smoothly.
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Port services

Take control with port-to-door services.
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Connect to thousands of qualified carriers.
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Cross-border services

Ship securely with CPKC’s 99.98% safety rating.
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Rail shipping case studies and resources

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Now you know intermodal. Take your freight further, faster and contact our experts to get your quote today.

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