Portland Transloading Services from Derby Logistics

Recent years have seen a considerable shift towards transloading in the supply chain. Even in Portland, transloading has become a critical step between rail and destination. When you need to transfer a load between containers and flatbed/full truck, we can help. Derby Logistics has the knowledge, equipment, and expertise to ship the unshippable.
Often, shippers find that our Portland transloading services are a cost-effective and efficient solution to their logistics challenges. A well-honed transloading strategy creates supply chain efficiency that directly impacts a business.  As a result, our services strengthen their bottom line while improving the business’ order-to-cash cycle. In turn, it allows for increased sales while cutting costs and improving customer service.

What Does Transloading in Portland Look Like? 

To begin, Portland transloading is the process of transporting containers, freight, and cargo from one mode of transportation to another. For instance, a shipment may arrive in Portland by train but must complete its journey on a flatbed or dry.
This is a common method to utilize when a shipment requires multiple modes of transit. It’s common for logistics operations to include the transloading process in international shipping and when they face domestic logistics challenges. This process may sometimes involve temporary storage in a warehouse before completing its journey.
When performed well, our services are an incredibly beneficial solution, providing:
  • More favorable status with vessels and ocean carriers
  • Increased efficiency through flexibility and thoughtful, organized decisions
  • Lower spending on domestic freight, handling expenses, and transit time
To achieve these benefits, shippers should work with providers who are knowledgeable about all transportation methods in the supply chain. Although it may seem complicated, Portland transloading can be manageable.

Common Cargo in Portland Transloading 

  • Special Materials: pick & pull, full-service warehouse
  • Sensitive Products: auto parts, dry goods
  • Common Materials: raw materials, palletized materials, lumber, metal, drums
  • Bulk: sand, plastic pellets, flour

The Process of Transloading in Portland, OR

Transloading can happen between a train and truck or other transportation methods, and it’s usually not complicated.
The Portland transloading process often boils down to the following:
  • The product is loaded and moved via rail
  • We receive the freight from the host railway
  • Our team removes the product from the train car, which can occur via crane, forklift, etc.
  • Should the customer need to store the product, we provide on-site warehouse storage until you are ready to ship. We offer both short-term and long-term storage.
  • When you are prepared to ship, the product is transloaded onto the truck bed and transported to its next destination.

Ship the Unshippable with Derby Logistics

Derby Logistics has locations in Texas and Oregon, both facilities with the required expertise and knowledge. As a result, we can reduce your costs and help you make the proper distribution decisions.  We provide various services and a large transportation network to help your business and cargo move smoothly.