Intermodal transport has become a major growth industry during the last 40 years and has led to a reduction in transport costs and improved logistics worldwide. Intermodalism is not a new concept, but in it’s refined form, generally utilising international standard containers, it first revolutionised the transport interface between the marine and overland modes.
More recently, intermodal systems have been widely applied between the rail and road modes, to the benefit of both.
- In Southern Africa there has been increased modal competition – not co-operation. The region’s rail and road infrastructures have deteriorated at a time when efficient and cost-effective transport is required to maintain South Africa’s competitive international market position.