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Independent companies and groups who are dealing with freight transport such as shippers, freight forwarders, transport operators and Customs will all come together at a logistic centre. They might also find storage, maintenance and repair facilities here, too.
Industry players are increasingly trying to advocate the use of intermodal transport rather than using strictly one form of freight transport. This is mainly due to adverse effects on the environment, traffic and accidents caused by road transport. There are nearly two million Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) registered in Europe alone. These are vehicles weighing less than 3.5 tonnes. Seventy two percent of inland freight transport in Europe is moved via roads, while only 17% is done by rail, 5.5% by pipeline and the remaining 5.5% via inland waterways.
Incorporating rail, inland waterway and sea transit methods are increasing in popularity. Thus you are seeing the rise of organisations or projects such as the European Intermodal Research Advisory Council (EIRAC), the European Web Platforms and Training Concepts for Intermodal Inland Waterway Transport (EWITA), the Integrated Services in the Intermodal Chain Report (previously FIAP), Intelligent MegaSwap Boxes for Advanced Intermodal Freight Transport (TELLIBOX), European web-based Intermodal and Inland Waterway Transport Training (INES) and the EU Reference Centre for Intermodal Freight Transport (EURIFT). Intermodal industry aficionados will know the difference between unaccompanied CT (Combined Transport) and accompanied CT. The former allows goods to be transferred in intermodal loading units (swap bodies, standard containers or semi-trailers) from one freight transport method to another; the later enables the vehicle and its driver to drive onto a special wagon which is then transported further via rail or ferry (also known as rolling road). In this way, truck freight drivers can rest during the journey; however, it does mean heavier loads which require more energy and sturdier railways.
The push for renewable energy sources and green, clean vehicles is changing the way companies, governments and non-governmental organizations operate. One ideal example is the Department for Transport (DfT) in the United Kingdom, which is depending on the Freight Best Practice program to reduce carbon emissions. Through this programme, CO 2 levels have decreased by hundreds of thousands of tonnes over the past few years, thereby saving millions of pounds and safeguarding our environment.
In the freight transport industry in the United States of America and Australia, you will find some companies specializing in intrastate moves, whereas others can perform interstate moves as well. Intrastate moves happen only within one state, but interstate moves require goods to be transferred from one state to another, or from one state out of the country, or passing through another state to move items within that one state (for example, moving goods from the south of Idaho to the north of Idaho via Montana)