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International multi-modal transport is a type of transport involving at least two different means of transport, through one contract between the parties (known as a multi-modal transport contract).

Namely, this is a type of transport where the user contracts a logistical operator to transport cargo from the point of origin to its final destination, where more than one type of vehicle is required. The operator is responsible for coordinating the different modes of transport in order to complete a delivery from door to door. Apart from using different means of transport, there are two more features that are required in order to be known as multi-modal transport:

  1. The use of a single transport document, the FIATA Bill of Landing (FBL), unlike inter-modal transport, where a document is issued for each means of transport.
  2. There should also be no cargo breaks, or where the goods are separated during the journey.

Our multimodal solutions

AIR SOLUTIONS’ multimodal transport solutions are fast, seamless and environmentally sustainable, thanks to our strategically placed terminals, purpose-built vessels, high-frequency rail services, and high-capacity network.


Why choose multimodal transport

Choosing a AIR SOLUTIONS multimodal transport solution means choosing a one stop shop service with great geographical reach and flexibility, where we handle every single aspect of your goods transport for you. This means efficient delivery times, reduced inventory costs, and minimising your logistics coordination expenses.

Benefits of multi-modal transport

  1. One of the benefits of multi-modal transport for contracting companies is the existence of a single representative for the entire process, without the need to contract different logistical operators. This therefore involves lower administrative costs, owing to only having to enter into one contract, as well as reducing the likelihood of encountering communication issues at any transport point.
  2. Thanks to being controlled by one operator, there is a visible reduction in the likelihood of the goods being lost, where the delivery date is much more certain, thanks to the fact that only one operator is contracted for all of the transport required for the same.
  3. Due to the fact that there are no cargo breaks, there are less handling costs and time.
  4. The logistics operator is the party that will advise us on the route or combination of means of transport that is the quickest and most competitive for our delivery, thus reducing costs and timeframes.
  5. This makes it easier to track and trace the goods.

In short, multi-modal transport is very useful in cases involving the transport of goods internationally, thanks to the added bonus of a reduction in costs entailed from the signature of a single contract, due to only one logistical operator being involved. Quick delivery as well as lower costs enable the multi-modal transport user to offer its products at a more competitive price as well as respond more rapidly to market demands.