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Loose Shipping – shippers may wish to ship less than full rail car loads using rail, or may not have access to intermodal container shipping through the desired rail line. Cargo can still be shipped using a variety of rail cars. Sending palletized or loose cargo via rail is similar to sending cargo with a third-party trucking company – cargo will be loaded onto the train utilizing pre-made and usually hard sided structures, and will be offloaded on the receiving end. Usually, shippers aren’t even allowed into the rail yard to participate in the loading/offloading of rail cars, and will only see cargo as it’s picked up outside the railyard, or once it’s delivered to their facility. Securing shipping for loose cargo via rail can be done through any freight forwarder or broker, and rail lines may even have direct customer service. Irrespective of the shipping arrangement, agencies should follow their own internal procurement guidelines for proper acquisition of goods and services. 

Unique Concepts to Rail Transportation

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