Multimodal transportation is the transportation of the same cargo by different types of transport under an agreement with one carrier. Transportation takes place in stages. The main condition is at least two delivery methods in one route.

The company organizing such transportation is fully responsible for the entire process, even if the delivery is carried out by various types of transport (sea vessels, trains and cars). At all stages, one logistics company is responsible for the delivery of goods. The owner of the cargo only needs to issue documents for the goods.

Multimodal transportation is the most convenient and widespread form of goods delivery.

Such transportation has many advantages:

  • Reducing customer costs. In any case, cooperation with one company will cost less than working with different individual carriers.
  • Reduced delivery times. If you connect the aircraft and vehicles, then the transportation of goods will take much less time than its transportation only by trucks.
  • Ability to deliver cargo from anywhere in the world. For companies engaged in foreign economic activity, multimodal transportation is a real treasure. They can easily deliver goods from any state, even though it is located on another continent. Distances do not matter.

Cargo safety. If you work with one company, then all responsibility for the safety of the cargo lies with it.

The organization of such transportation requires experience and specialized knowledge, the international market, the specifics of ports, terminals, transportation standards. ACE Company employees have the necessary skills and competence for such work.


Multimodal transportation is carried out with the involvement of vehicles of various types, but according to a single document and a single rate. Depending on the transport involved, deliveries are distinguished:

  • Air. This is the fastest way, which is chosen when you need to deliver small-sized cargo or perishable goods.
  • Water. In its single form, this method is rarely used, since it requires that the point of departure and destination have a single shipping route. The cost of the service depends on which shipping line is chosen and how much goods are to be delivered.
  • Railway. This delivery method is rarely combined with air. It is mainly used to transport large consignments of products - this allows you to reduce the cost of the service.
  • Trucking. The cargo is sent on a small transport to a larger one, or vice versa: the goods make the main journey on a large-sized transport, and then are delivered to the addressee by car from a railway or sea port.


It all starts with planning a route. This is a very important point. The route must clearly indicate the starting and ending point of cargo delivery, points of transshipment, parking, traffic schedule. Any unaccounted trifle can lead to serious problems (downtime and losses). It is necessary to take into account the natural conditions of different countries, the quality of roads, the convenience of delivery, etc.

The second important point in international transportation is the correct preparation of documents.

Particular care should be taken with multimodal transportation of heavy, oversized, dangerous and perishable products. In this case, you will have to issue a lot of permits, related documents and resolve the issue of support.

When carrying out multimodal transportation, it is necessary to take out insurance. During transcontinental transportation, various force-majeure situations may arise, so purchasing insurance will allow you to sleep peacefully.