Intermodal Rail

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

Leverage reliable access to capacity, leading technology, and 24/7 support from a trusted partner to get cost savings when shipping intermodal freight

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Savings, Efficiency, and Reliability

If you ship freight long distances, Echo’s intermodal logistics solution offers great options for efficiency and cost savings. Intermodal moves your freight seamlessly between trucks, trains, and cargo ships, saving costs

and fuel for long-distance shipments, increasing supply chain flexibility, and providing the speed, reliability, and security to get your freight where it needs to be.

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Why Ship with Echo?

Access Unmatched Capacity

As a certified IMC, our comprehensive intermodal network includes more than 100,000 dry-van and temperature-controlled containers. Our relationships with top North American intermodal providers bring you the best bundled rate, container availability, and capacity to easily ship anywhere in North America.

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Active Visibility

To provide you with 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.

Dedicated Experts 24/7

With more than two decades of intermodal experience, our 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.

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Green and Clean

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, an EPA SmartWay partner, about over-the-road alternatives that help protect the environment and simplify transportation.

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Learn More About Echo’s Intermodal Solutions

Drayage Through Intermodal Shipping

Echo Intermodal has you covered with all your drayage needs. From inter-carrier drayage to shuttle drayage, we do it all.

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International Shipping Made Easy

From customs brokers to distribution centers, we manage all the shipment demands cross-border requires to keep your freight moving.

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Keep Your Freight Moving

Intermodal shipping utilizes multiple modes of transportation, meaning your shipment will always be moving, lowering total costs and travel time.

Seamlessly Move from Port to Truck

We simplify transportation, including transloading, to safely and efficiently get your shipments unloaded from port to truck.

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Get Deliveries Quickly with Every Mode

Is your shipment time-sensitive? Our extensive network gets your shipment delivered on time with our expedited intermodal solution.

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Shipping Container Options

  • 53’ Container: The most common form of container seen in intermodal shipping, 53’ can hold up to 24 pallets, with a max weight of 43,000 lbs.
  • 40’ Container: This container holds up to 21 pallets. Echo offers two variations, standard or high cube (one foot taller than standard).
  • Refrigerated/Temp-Controlled: Nearly identical to a 53’ container, this option hauls frozen goods, protecting them from freezing or overheating during transit.
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Fulfill Any Shipping Need With Multimodal Freight Services


Full Truckload

Leverage our size, scale, and network to access unmatched capacity at competitive rates.


Less Than Truckload

Access more than 120 top-volume LTL carriers and more than $700 million in buying power.


Temperature-Controlled LTL

Ensure freight stays in optimal condition with flexible, year-round temperature-controlled capacity.

Partial truckload

Partial Truckload

Pay only for the space you need with access to 7,500+ partial truckload carriers and consolidators.


International Air & Ocean

Get your shipment to its destination no matter the distance with international partnerships.

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Small Parcel

Optimize small parcel shipping by analyzing your activity with our innovative technology.



Move any item anywhere with solutions for unique shape, size, or destination needs.

Intermodal Resources


Utilize Echo’s Network, Technology, and Experts

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