Intermodal Rail

From Road to Rail, Save on Transportation Costs and Build Flexibility Into Your Supply Chain

Echo offers a vast transportation network, intermodal experts, and the technology to bring you cost savings and increased efficiency when shipping intermodal freight

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Cost Savings, Efficiency, and Reliability

If you ship freight long distances and are looking for cost savings for your transportation, intermodal shipping is a great option to meet your needs. Intermodal shipping moves your freight seamlessly between trucks, trains, and cargo ships, resulting in cost and fuel savings for long-distance shipments, increased flexibility in your supply chain, and the speed, reliability, and security to get your freight where it needs to be.

We can help you take advantage of the cost savings and increased efficiency made possible by intermodal shipping. Our vast transportation network includes longstanding contracts with rail carriers and drayage partners, giving you access to capacity and the best rates. Our intermodal freight is backed by a team of experts who understand the big picture in multimodal shipping, and our track and trace technology gives you full visibility into each shipment.


Check Out Echo's Full Range of Intermodal Shipping Solutions

  • Drayage: Echo Intermodal has you covered with all your drayage needs. From inter-carrier drayage to shuttle drayage, we do it all.
  • Cross-Border: From customs brokers to distribution centers, we will manage all the shipment demands cross-border requires to keep your freight moving.
  • Wholesale: Intermodal shipping utilizes multiple modes of transportation, meaning your shipment will always be moving, lowering total costs and travel time.
  • Port Service: We simplify transportation, including transloading. Safely and quickly get your shipments moved from port to truck.
  • Expedited: Is your shipment time-sensitive? We utilize our extensive network to get your shipment delivered on time with our expedited intermodal solution.

Shipping Container Options

  • 53’ Container: The most common form of container seen in intermodal shipping. Can hold up to 24 pallets, with the max weight being 43,000 lbs.
  • 40’ Container: Two variations of this container, standard or high cube (1 foot taller than standard). Can hold up to 21 pallets.
  • Refrigerated/Temperature-Controlled Container: Nearly identical to a 53’ container, a temperature-controlled container can haul frozen goods up to –10 degrees or protect refrigerated products from freezing or overheating during transit. Keep your temperature-sensitive shipments safe with this option.
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Echo’s Longstanding Relationships Bring You Access to Capacity and the Best Rates

As a certified IMC, our North American railroad network includes one of the most comprehensive intermodal systems, including more than 100,000 dry-van and temperature-controlled intermodal containers. Through longstanding relationships and competitive agreements with the top North American intermodal providers, we bring you the best bundled rate, container availability, and capacity to easily ship anywhere in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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Best-in-Class Technology Gives You Real-Time Visibility

To provide you real-time information and visibility on your shipment, we offer the state-of-the-art track and trace functionality you need to stay informed every step of the way.

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Echo’s Intermodal Experts Work for You

With more than two decades of intermodal industry experience, our intermodal team focuses on the details while never losing sight of your big picture goals. As a true partner, our intermodal experts excel at building relationships to reduce costs and increase efficiency for our clients. Whether it’s a full process consultation or general questions about intermodal shipping, our team is here to help.

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Echo Intermodal Provides Greener, Cleaner Transportation

Intermodal trains can move one ton of freight 500 miles on a single gallon of gas—using less fuel and emitting less CO2 than trucks. Talk with Echo, a certified EPA SmartWay partner, about over-the-road shipping alternatives that help protect the environment and simplify transportation.

Newegg, an online retailer for computer hardware and consumer electronics, partnered with Echo to ensure their needs were met during a driver and equipment shortage. Echo’s expertise and vast network helped Newegg reduce spending on their internal transfers, preventing their warehouses from getting deadlocked.

Whenever we encounter dynamic logistic challenges, we can always count on our partner, Echo, to not only meet our expectations but surpass them.

Connor Jara, Supply Chain Analyst, Newegg