AIT International Transport performs multimodal transport

AIT International Transport adds multimodal transport to its rich portfolio of services

In its effort to keep up with the fast-growing transport industry and to provide flexible logistics solutions to its customers, AIT International Transport starts providing multimodal transport services. The company combines road and rail transport in the carriage of goods, which allows optimization of routes, reduction of costs and decrease of the harmful emissions that pollute the environment.

In March this year, AIT International Transport started performing multimodal transport to and from France – Luxembourg, as the transport services also include the import and export of goods from and to Spain to Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. “So far, a total of 14 trailers and 8 tractors have been assigned to service this destination. In the future, we plan to increase the capacity, which will support the efficient management of all cargo” – commented the transport company.

With the expansion of the offered services, AIT International Transport once again will reinforce its leadership position in the Bulgarian market, and proves to be a reliable and trusted business partner.

Specifics of multimodal transport

Unlike other types of combined transport, in the multimodal transport the customer signs a contract with a transport operator, which assumes full responsibility for the carriage of the goods from the moment of dispatch to their delivery. The operator is obliged at all times to manage and coordinate the modes of transport included in the multimodal solution. For the performance of each combined transport AIT International Transport will rely on its long-term partners to support the entire logistics process.

The specifics of this type of transport are mainly related to the combination of road and rail transport. Subject to the requirements of the railway companies, the cargo must be very well secured and the trailers must be in good condition, otherwise their transportation may be refused. In order to optimize the transport costs, the vehicles are organized in such a way, so that all tractors and trailers remain in operation as soon as the goods are dispatched. The transit time for each journey normally lasts between 48 - 72 hours, depending on the day the cargo is prepared. The capacity of the trailers that can be included in a composition is over 32 trailers.

“The quality of the services provided and the trust of the clients are our main priorities. It is no coincidence that we have conducted a number of research and studies of alternative transport solutions to be applied in practice. In addition to the combination of road and train transport, in the future we plan to include the use of ferries.”- said Angel Trakov, owner of AIT International Transport.

Main advantages of multimodal transport

One of the main advantages of multimodal transport is the conclusion of a single contract for the implementation of the entire process, eliminating the need of coordination with various logistics operators. This greatly facilitates communication with customers and at the same time reduces administrative costs. The use of different modes of transport makes it possible to better plan transport costs and ensure price stability.

AIT International Transport understands and realizes its responsibility towards the environment. The company has made significant investments in environmental solutions by replacing its entire fleet with tractors compliant to the Euro 6 standard. The development of the multimodal service is the next step of corporate activities with care for the nature, which will reduce pollution from the release of harmful gases into the atmosphere and will make the transportation of goods and cargo much more environmentally friendly.

In the coming months, AIT International Transport plans to launch combined transport services to and from Western Europe and Turkey. By the end of the year, the total number of trailers operating in multimodal transport is planned to reach 100 working units.

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