First off, let’s explain what transloading actually is: “Transloading is the process of transferring a shipment from one mode of transportation to another. It is most commonly employed when one mode cannot be used for the entire trip, such as when goods must be shipped internationally from one inland point to another.” 
According to the Union Pacific Distribution Services, goods are transoloaded under three circumstances: 
- Customers do not have their own track and can only ship or receive by truck
- Customers supplement rail capacity with truck load deliveries
- Product re-loaded to comply with loading requirements
The Union Pacific Distribution Services states that, “goods are transloaded in ports, warehouses, cross-dock terminals and outdoor facilities designed for transloading. Transoloading is utilized because it saves money, increases flexibility and improves reliability.” 
Transloading services is important to any strong 3PL Third Party Logistics partner. Having the ability and expertise to move a customer’s goods from one more of transport to another is important in improving the supply chain velocity and reducing product cycle times.
As fuel prices continue to rise, the ability to utilize multiple transportation media together gives FW Warehousing the luxury of helping its customers save money by utilizing more energy efficient modes of transportation because of its economies of scale. Intermodal service has repositioned rail transportation as a viable option again. As a result, FW Warehousing can often cut costs because of their negotiated volume commitments and discounts that they can pass along to their customers.
FW Warehousing uses Transloading in both directions scaling down the mode of transportation from ship to rail to truckload as well as the reverse: from truckload or container to rail to overseas freightliners. FW Warehousing offers the services that go with Transloading as well: National Drayage, Intermodal, Trucking and national less than truck load – LTL services.
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by
1. Transloading (Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transloading