Houston Transloading Services

In recent years, there has been a huge shift in the supply chain dynamic. The result was Houston transloading becoming a critical step between port and destination. When you need help, Derby Logistics has the knowledge, expertise, equipment, and people to ship the un-shippable. 

Oftentimes, shippers are surprised to find how cost-effective and efficient it can be to include transloading in their logistics. A well-honed transloading strategy can create efficiencies in the supply chain that can impact a business by increasing sales, cutting costs, and improving customer service. This is because it allows them to deliver with a strong bottom line while also improving the company’s order-to-cash cycle.

What Is Transloading?

Transloading is the process of transporting containers, cargo, and freight from one method of transportation to another, ie. from a vessel to a truck-bed. This method of loading is recommended anytime multiple modes of transit are required throughout the shipping process. This process is quite common in international shipping as well as when there are geographical challenges to consider. At times, transloading may also temporary storage in a warehouse. When performed well, transloading is an incredibly advantageous solution, providing:

  • Lower spending on domestic freight, transit time, and handling expenses
  • More favorable status with vessels and ocean carriers
  • Increased efficiency through flexibility and organized, thoughtful decisions

To bring these benefits to fruition, shippers must align with providers who are familiar with the supply chain and all modes of transit involved. While it may sound complicated, transloading doesn’t need to be. At Derby Logistics, we provide an array of transportation services and supply chain management for any and all shipping needs.

Types of Cargo for Houston Transloading

  • Special Materials: climate controlled products, hazardous materials
  • Common Materials: raw materials, lumber, palletized materials, metal, liquids (such as ethanol or biodiesel)
  • Oversized Cargo: transformers, machinery, vehicles
  • Bulk: Sand, flour, plastic pellets
  • Sensitive Products: Frozen foods, produce, perishables, parcel

The Transloading Process in Houston

When a business ships material by rail but doesn’t have access to rail one end of the chain, more often than not, transloading is the best solution. Transloading can occur between railcar to the truck as well as truck to railcar, and the process doesn’t need to be complicated.

  1. The product is loaded and transported to the transload site at Derby Logistics.
  2. The freight is received by the host railroad and placed at the transload site.
  3. The product is removed from the freight car. This may occur via forklift, crane, or any other apparatus required.
  4. When the customer needs to store the product, Derby Logistics will provide warehouse storage onsite until the customer is ready to ship. We have both long-term and short-term storage options available.
  5. When the product is ready for shipment, it is transloaded to a truck-bed and delivered to the final destination. The reverse of this process is also possible, transloading from truck to railcar.

Transloading with Derby Logistics: Ship the Unshippable

Based in Houston, TX, and equipped with the knowledge and expertise required, Derby Logistics has the capability to reduce your costs on domestic shipping by helping you make the right distribution decisions.

With services that cover an array of aspects for your business and access to a broad transportation network across the country, we can provide smooth sailing for your business and your cargo. We are also able to provide transloading services businesses in San Antonio, TX.