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Transloading in Brief

June 9, 2014

Howard Woodie McDuffie has served in goods transport for more than 35 years. As vice president of KAG Logistics in North Canton, Ohio, Howard Woodie McDuffie developed the company’s rail-to-truck transloading business.

By legal definition, transloading refers to the moving of hazardous materials from one shipping container to another. This may include moving these goods between modes of transportation, such as from rail to truck, or between vehicles within a single mode of transport. Provided that the purpose continues to be the commercial transport of goods, transloading may be completed between bulk containers or between bulk and non-bulk containers.

Transloading benefits commercial clients in that it expands a company’s ability to ship, receive, and comply with a wider variety of loading and shipping regulations. For example, a company may choose to transload goods off of an import vehicle and onto a domestic vehicle for cross-border transport. Another company may transload rail-shipped goods onto a truck to deliver to a location that is inaccessible by rail. An experienced transloading company works with clients to identify transport needs and design container-to-container transport in response.

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