Transloading is a shipping term that refers to the transfer of goods from one mode of transportation to another en route to their ultimate destination. Long-haul shipments of goods often involve multiple shipping companies, multiple modes of transit, or both.
Transloading has become a standard method for shipping goods in recent years, in part due to increased international trade and the growth of internet commerce. Many retailers and manufacturers now market their products around the world. Transloading is one tool for the complicated logistics involved.