Road Freight Transportation

Ground freight shipping is especially useful for shipping larger, heavier ground freight shipping packages. Ground freight shipping specializes in the shipment of these larger parcels that often times need handled with care for ground freight shipping and may be transported thousands of miles from the receiving ground freight shipping destination. The land transportation services, mainly comes to play at domestic level. Within the country; whenever and wherever you want; with big loads or smal

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Road transportation is an integral part of logistics freight industry in India. Trucking segment is a major challenge to it. Road freight in India is ever expanding and serves majority of people. Land or "ground" shipping can be by train or by truck . In air and sea shipments, ground transport is required to take the cargo from its place of origin to the airport or seaport and then to its destination because it is not always possible to establish a production facility near ports due to limited coastlines of countries. Ground transport is typically more affordable than air, but more expensive than sea especially in developing countries like India, where inland infrastructure is not efficient.

Shipment of cargo by trucks, directly from the shipper's place to the destination, is known as a door to door shipment and more formally as multimodal transport. Trucks and trains make deliveries to sea and air ports where cargo is moved in bulk.

Advantages:

1. Less Capital Outlay:

Road transport required much less capital Investment as compared to other modes of transport such as railways and air transport. The cost of constructing, operating and maintaining roads is cheaper than that of the railways. Roads are generally constructed by the government and local authorities and only small revenue is charged for the use of roads.

2. Door to Door Service:

Door to door or warehouse to warehouse service is available. This reduces cartage, loading and unloading expenses.

3. Service in Rural Areas:

Road transport is most suited for carrying goods and people to and from rural areas which are not served by rail, water or air transport. Exchange of goods, between large towns and small villages is made possible only through road transport.

4. Flexible Service:

Road transport has a great advantage over other modes of transport for its flexible service, its routes and timings can be adjusted and changed to individual requirements without much inconvenience.

5. Suitable for Short Distance:

It is more economic and quicker for carrying goods and people over short distances. Delays in transit of goods on account of intermediate loading and handling are avoided. Goods can be loaded direct into a road vehicle and transported straight to their place of destination.

6. Lesser Risk of Damage in Transit:

As the intermediate loading and handling is avoided, there is lesser risk of damage, breakage etc. of the goods in transit. Thus, road transport is most suited for transporting delicate goods like chinaware and glassware, which are likely to be damaged in the process of loading and unloading.

7. Saving in Packing Cost:

As compared to other modes of transport, the process of packing in motor transport is less complicated. Goods transported by motor transport require less packing or no packing in several cases.

8. Rapid Speed:

If the goods are to be sent immediately or quickly, motor transport is more suited than the railways or water transport. Water transport is very slow. Also much time is wasted in booking the goods and taking delivery of the goods in case of railway and water transport.

9. Less Cost:

Road transport not only requires less initial capital investment, the cost of operation and maintenance is also comparatively less. Even if the rate charged by motor transport is a little higher than that by the railways, the actual effective cost of transporting goods by motor transport is less. The actual cost is less because the motor transport saves in packing costs and the expenses of intermediate loading, unloading and handling charges.

10. Private Owned Vehicles:

Another advantage of road transport is that big businessmen can afford to have their own motor vehicles and initiate their own road services to market their products without causing any delay.

11. Feeder to other Modes of Transport:

 

The movement of goods begins and ultimately ends by making use of roads. Road and motor transport act as a feeder to the other modes of transport such as railways, ships and airways.


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