Master Intermodal Transportation Agreement

Intermodal rail has the advantage of moving goods with less work and more savings than by truck. Modern rail transport minimizes load displacement and, in transit view, shippers and logistics companies can always know where the cargo is at every stage of the process. However, to take full advantage of the benefits of modern intermodal transportation, both shippers and logistics companies must enter into a sectoral contract that is beneficial to both parties. Union Pacific (UP) recently announced in a statement to customers that it is updating its current intermodal reservation system – with a release scheduled for next month – to “improve ease of use while improving the use of reservations through technology and better processes,” as the railroad continues its transition to the PsR (Precision Scheduled Railroading). Over the past two decades, the intermodal sector of the freight industry has experienced explosive growth. According to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), intermodal rail transportation in the United States tripled from 3.1 million trailers and containers in 1980 to 9.3 million in 2002. In August, UP plans to introduce its new Intermodal Terminal Reservation System (ERT) which will replace its door reservation system (GRS) to allow for better planning for Drays and In-Gates. ITR was developed with an improved user interface and a visible “ology of choice” for weekly service product capacity, which UP hopes will “provide a more accurate supply chain process in access to its intermodal terminals.” Given the success of these treaties, the new agreement promotes uniformity in the provisions of the treaty while improving the effectiveness of negotiations. To simplify, it offers a balanced model for both parties who enter into an intermodal rail freight contract. In addition, the treaty covers the stages of typical intermodal rail freight: the shipper`s motor transport to the rail ramp; Rail transport from the original ramp to the destination ramp; and transporting the engine from the destination ramp to the recipient of the cargo.

Because it was specially designed by members of TIA`s intermodal marketing company and its customers (in collaboration with the National Industrial Transportation League, NITL, www.nitl.org), the Shipper-Broker Intermodal Transport Agreement represents both shippers and 3PLs, the first type intermodal contract of its kind. It creates an industrial standard that will make it easier and more efficient for both parties to do business. This, while actually having the responsibility that protects all parties, saving time and money with each transaction. Intermodal rail transport is an essential part of the transfer of freight transport to the market. As our highways become increasingly congested, rail freight will become more important. The Shipper-Broker Intermodal Transportation Agreement aims to accelerate the use of intermodal rail by shippers and 3PLs. Beyond these provisions, the agreement also includes negotiable elements such as rates and fees, liability limitation and insurance coverage. Optional schedules include additional service rules, transportation and accessories, fuel surcharges and a freight documentation form that doubles as proof of delivery and delivery.

Since the mid-2000s, UP has been using GRS to manage ramps at West Coast intermodal terminals. GRS assigns reservations to customers and thus creates connectivity to the actual capacity of trains. by Robert A. Voltmann Over the past two decades, the intermodal sector of the freight industry has experienced explosive growth. According to Robert A., Voltmann is President and CEO of the Association of Transportation Intermediaries (TIA, www.tianet.org).

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