TIA logoAlexandria, VA Jan. 2, 2014 - TIA announces its new Intermodal Educational Course designed to help its members take advantage of this mode. The course, written by experienced and knowledgeable intermodal specialists, provides students the ability to gain a deep understanding of the mode and how to integrate it into their service offerings.

Intermodal is one of the fastest growing sectors in transportation. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) recently reported that the weekly average of 251,887 intermodal containers and trailers per week in November 2013 was the highest weekly average for any November in history.

“This course was jointly developed by several of TIA’s railroad associate members,” said Sam Niness III, AVP and GM of Thoroughbred Direct Intermodal Services and TIA’s Intermodal Logistics Conference Chair.  “There are five major railroads that are active in TIA.  Their participation and investment is proof of their interest in wanting to do business with TIA Members.  It is a great time in intermodal to get on board and this course can help you catch that train.”

The service is an extremely effective alternative to over-the-road trucking and can provide a new source of capacity. It offers significant reductions in carbon emissions and can help users with green and sustainability concerns.  Many firms are using Intermodal as a tool to achieve corporate environmental goals.

“Driver shortages and new regulations will further limit truck capacity, the TIA Intermodal Course is designed to help TIA members access rail capacity across North America to meet their customers’ needs,” said Bob Voltmann, TIA President & CEO.  “As the railroads push the viability of eastern intermodal service toward 500 miles, it is essential that TIA members and their staffs understand how to access this capacity,” Voltmann added.

In support of this, TIA's Intermodal webpage has been completely revised and updated with links to all the major Intermodal service providers. The website also has carrier specific information as well as practical "How-To" sections.

The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $162 billion third party logistics industry.  TIA is the only organization exclusively representing transportation intermediaries of all disciplines, doing business in domestic and international commerce.  TIA is the voice of transportation intermediaries to shippers, carriers, government officials and international organizations.  TIA is the United States member of the International Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations, FIATA.

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