An Explanation of Transloading

By Howard Woodie McDuffie

Transloading refers to moving goods from one vehicle to another or from one vehicle to separate containers. Often times, this method involves unstable, hazardous, or heavy products that cannot be transported via conventional means. A common example of transloading involves transferring gasoline from a rail car to a tank truck, which will then bring the liquid to a gas station. Items shipped through this process may also be deposited at ports, warehouses, and reload stations.

Certain companies specialize in transloading and enable clients to send material across the country in specially designed trucks and railroad cars. Hiring out transloading duties provides several advantages. For more dangerous items such as chemicals, these firms understand the legal and safety requirements involved in shipping. Additionally, they possess the equipment necessary to complete the job.

About the Author:

The Vice President of KAG Logistics, Inc., Howard Woodie McDuffie utilizes his skills at business development and shipping fleet management to aid the company, which moves ethanol, petroleum, and other products. During his tenure, Howard Woodie McDuffie has developed ethanol transloading procedures for six United States locations.