Road vs. Rail: Choosing the Right Method of Transportation for Your Goods



Ground transportation is one of the most popular methods of transporting goods in North America. As we know, freight is very important to the world’s economy, as it transports goods from one place to another while supporting the commercial culture we have become accustomed to.


Therefore, choosing the best method of transportation is extremely important to ensure the needs of the company are met as well as the needs of the consumers.


Transporting Goods via Road Freight


There are many advantages when choosing road transportation:

  • Flexibility is one of its unique features in terms of final destination and volume of goods to be transported.

  • Road transportation is available 24 hours a day and is often more affordable than other methods of transportation.

  • Shipping specialty services are not uncommon in the trucking industry either. Whether you are shipping dry freight; frozen, fresh, or refrigerated; heavy or oversized, there are an array of companies available to you. Check out JBT’s specialty freight options for more details!

The downsides to choosing road freight are the restrictions caused by traffic and speed limits, as well as the unpredictability of weather conditions causing delays in shipping schedules. Trucks are constantly moving on the road but from time to time there can be some hiccups causing delays. The best solution is to plan ahead or use a company that has track and tracing capabilities!


Transporting Goods via Rail Transportation


The benefits of choosing rail transportation are:

  • It is much faster and more reliable as it is least affected by weather conditions and traffic jams.

  • Railway transport can carry larger volumes over greater distances, making it more economical, and much quicker for transporting.

The downsides to choosing rail transport are its lack of flexibility and convenience, as routes and times cannot be adjusted. Not only is the scheduling of rail transportation inconvenient but it does not provide door-to-door services, as it is tied to a particular track.


When deciding which method of transport to use, you need to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each.


>> If you need more information on our services or need help deciding which method(s) are best for you, contact our freight specialists.

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