Imodal specializes in the repositioning of intermodal containers from surplus to demand locations throughout the world. We are a non-asset-based intermediary acting as a broker, representing both the Carrier and Shipper.
Containers are an instrumental tool of trade. A lack of containers in demand locations poses an obvious threat to lost bookings; an excess of containers in surplus locations is an opportunity cost resulting from asset underutilization.
Container imbalances are a costly byproduct largely resulting from the general imbalances of international trade. The “investment” of equipment repositioning, from the perspective of container owners and operators, is a necessary and unavoidable cost of doing business.
Imodal offers opportunities to reposition equipment in a cost efficient, timely and reliable manner.
With all Imodal services, we are able to provide “value-added” functions in tandem with repositioning services. Examples of extensions of service are: trucking/drayage; customs clearance, etc. In most cases, these additional services are available on a stand-alone basis.
Fleet repositioning is our core business. Imodal arranges the cost-effective movement of EMPTY containers from surplus to demand locations. We are generally able to offer and utilize large quantities of vessel space on a steady basis.
We serve virtually all world markets, including, but not limited to: the Americas (North, South, Central and the Caribbean); Europe (North, South, the Mediterranean, Black Sea, and Scandinavia); Asia (North, South, Southeast, Australasia and Oceania), the Middle East; the Indian Subcontinent; and Africa.
Historically, by volume, our largest markets are:
- North America > Asia
- Europe > Asia
- Intra Europe
For container owner/operators, Imodal’s fleet repositioning program allows equipment to be used more productively by being in the right place at the right time.
For ocean carriers, Imodal’s fleet repositioning program provides opportunities to utilize unsold or unusable vessel space, while earning revenue and contributing towards vessel costs incurred when ships sail at less than full capacity.
Similar to our Fleet Repositioning service, our Factory Positioning program moves EMPTY containers ex factory to key locations throughout the world.
We specialize in the movement of new production Reefers from factory to strategic locations involved in refrigerated trade. Historically, by volume, our primary markets are from China to:
- Central America
- South America
- North Europe
For container owner/operators, Imodal’s factory positioning program injects equipment into strategic trade, leasing or sale markets in order to achieve maximum asset utilization. Positioning the containers empty mitigates exposure to damage that may occur resulting from cargo.
One-Ways & Cabotage
When opportunities arise, one-way and cabotage services provide container repositioning at a fraction of the cost versus pure empty repositioning.
Imodal is a “matchmaker” among our vast network of clients, including: ocean carriers, leasing companies, private container owners, container traders, beneficial importers and exporters, as well as other 3PL firms.
For container owner/operators, Imodal’s one-way and cabotage programs represent cost avoidance opportunities that alternatively achieve the net result of equipment repositioning.
For users of equipment, Imodal’s one-way and cabotage programs provide opportunities to make use of equipment when none is available within proprietary inventories, thus preserving the ability to capture business that would be lost void of equipment. One-way and cabotage opportunities also allow the user to avoid ensuing costs relating to asset management if the destination is an existing surplus location or otherwise unfavorable.