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When it comes to capacity, intermodal shipping complements and enhances the services you already rely on. A combination of short-haul trucking and longer haul rail shipments can often provide our customers significant cost savings. Have our experts analyze your network to find where you can save money and/or increase efficiency with intermodal shipments. Whether you need to move spot freight in a tough lane or need peak season coverage, we can help you explore creative solutions with our intermodal carrier partners.

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What to Expect

When you connect with FSL regarding your intermodal needs you will be assigned a dedicated account executive. Your account executive will start by reviewing your current and anticipated shipping needs. After a comprehensive review of your shipping needs, we will develop custom-fit solutions to help increase efficiencies across your supply chain. Our expansive network of intermodal carriers allows you to secure reliable capacity year-round.

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FSL will help you explore intermodal capacity, pricing and opportunities configured by a single point-of-contact who can service your business needs across a more diversified network.

By incorporating intermodal service into your supply chain, you can gain more options for moving shipments. Utilizing FSL’s intermodal and rail services means you can:

  • Improve efficiency and manage spend by building a route neutral shipping strategy that is based on your freight.
  • Access intermodal rail container capacity—surge, spot, or committed.
  • Leverage our Class 1 Railroad relationships so you are not dependent on specific railroads.
  • Trust dedicated experts from FSL to help analyze your intermodal and rail shipping data for continuous improvements.

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What Items Can Be Shipped Via Intermodal Service?

While the products shipped can vary greatly, some of the more common items are:

Dry Grocery Goods

Food Ingredients

Bulk Metals


Nuts and Spices

Rubber and Plastic

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We have run into issues with brokers returning loads or failing to pick up shipments due to inaccurate quoting and/or shifts in market volatility. How can FSL ensure that we do not experience the same issues on our time-sensitive shipments?

At FSL we have a NO LOADS RETURNED policy. It is a corporate policy that once a load is tendered (and subsequently accepted by FSL), we will NEVER voluntarily return it back to our client to recover. Yes, FSL will assume a financial loss on loads when necessary.

Clients typically run into issues because their broker is either uneducated on current market dynamics or not providing honest and timely feedback with respect to their shipments. If difficult situations arise, we are upfront about them and discuss them with our clients immediately. Our NO LOADS RETURNED policy ensures that our incentives are aligned. If the cost of solutions rises after a load is tendered to FSL, it is FSL that absorbs the difference in cost, not our client.

We want to optimize our shipping costs but do not want to sacrifice service. Can FSL propose solutions that would accomplish these objectives?

While we do not promise to provide the least expensive service, we do promise to provide premier customer service. Cost is always an important factor, but our number one priority is to safely deliver your products on time, in great condition and without issue. If cost is the primary focus, we will develop creative solutions wherever possible to help mitigate excess spend.

I have a shipment to send out but I don’t know if it can fit into one truck or if it needs to be broken up into several. Can FSL help me determine how I need to arrange my shipment?

At FSL, we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge across the industry. We are happy to help you determine how best to ship your product safely and efficiently. If you can provide the dimensions and weight of your product, your FSL account executive can help you determine how best to ship it.