Why Transload?

Most shippers turn to transloading to lower transportation costs and access the benefits of rail. Typically, shipping by rail is a more affordable shipping option. However, many shippers — or receivers — don’t have tracks at their door. With transloading, it doesn’t matter: all shippers and receivers can benefit from rail.

Rail Shipping Benefits Include:

Market Reach:

The rail network stretches across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, so you can ship to distant markets more affordably.

Scalability:

Capacity is rarely an issue for railroads, so rail can accommodate even your largest loads — and will be ready for more when your business grows.

Reliability:

Rail is a 24/7 operation, pushing forward when trucks can’t.

Cost Savings:

Simply put, rail is a more affordable transportation solution than truck.

See How You, Too, Can Benefit from Rail.

How Transloading Works

Depending on whether the origin or destination has rail service, transloading can happen a few different ways.

Origin Transload

No tracks at origin.

For an origin transload, trucks pick up products, which are then transloaded to rail and delivered to the final destination.

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    Customer:
    Non-Rail Served

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    Origin
    Trucking

  • UPDS Transload

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    Rail Transit

  • Factory Illustration

    Receiver:
    Rail Served

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Destination Transload

No tracks at destination.

With a destination transload, the origin is rail served, so products are picked up by train, then transloaded to trucks for delivery to the non-rail-served final destination.

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    Customer:
    Rail Served

  • Rail Transit Illustraition

    Rail Transit

  • UPDS Transload

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    Destination
    Trucking

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    Receiver:
    Non-Rail Served

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Door-to-Door Transload

No tracks at either end.

If neither the origin nor the destination is rail served, rail can still be used for the long haul. In a door-to-door transload, trucks pick up products, they are transloaded to trains for the majority of the trip, then they are transloaded back to trucks for final delivery.

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    Customer:
    Non-Rail Served

  • Truck Illustration

    Origin
    Trucking

  • UPDS Transload

  • Rail Transit Illustraition

    Rail
    Transit

  • UPDS Transload

  • Truck Illustration

    Destination
    Trucking

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    Receiver:
    Non-Rail Served

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Can We Handle Your Products?

We've shipped more than 600 product types by rail, so chances are, we can ship yours, too.

Products We Transload

Our network of more than 400 transloaders can handle just about anything you need shipped. The list of commodities we’ve handled exceeds 600 unique products — and we’re always adding more.

  • Standard Rail Commodities: Lumber, metals, paper, rebar bundles, palletized products
  • Bulk: Sand, plastic pellets, soda ash, flour
  • Liquids: Ethanol, biodiesel, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF)
  • Oversized: Transformers, wind blades, machinery, military vehicles
  • Service Sensitive/Critical: Auto parts, parcel, frozen food, produce, other perishables
  • And more: Bricks, floor tile, coil, solar panels and beyond

Don’t See Your Product on the List? We’ll Find a Solution Just for You.

Transload Equipment

The way a product is transloaded depends on the product type. Our transload network offers many types of devices to safely transload your products. Products can be transloaded by:

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    Forklift

    For products like lumber, paper and palletized goods

  • Conveyor Icon
    Conveyor

    For bulk products like sand, soda ash, grains, flour and sugar

  • Pump/Pneumatic Transfer Icon
    Pump/Pneumatic Transfer

    For products like plastic pellets and liquids

  • Crane Icon
    Crane

    For large, heavy products like steel beams, rebar, pipe and wind components

  • Front-end Loader Icon
    Front-end Loader

    For products like rock, salt and other minerals and aggregates

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Value-Added Services

Many of our transload facilities offer additional services, like:

  • Storage
  • Repackaging
  • Specialty cutting of metals and wood
  • Steaming
  • Steel threading

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