Does the nearest terminal have an appropriate service offer and if not, can it be established in terms of required connection, travel time, time-slots for pre- and on-carriage, frequency, loading profile? (see also Intermodal Terminals)
Are the transport flows in balance, regular, sporadic, seasonal?
Can the company handle intermodal transports in organizational terms at all?
Is intermodal equipment already available? Shall/can it be rented or leased? Is special equipment necessary?
Shall the organization of both pre- and on-carriage be done alone or together with a partner? Shall/can own trucks be used or a subcontractor (trucking company)?
Is the transport and service quality sufficient and fulfills own and the customers’ requirements, e.g. in terms of punctuality, reliability, tracking, customer information?
Are appropriate rules on liability, e.g. in case of delays, offered?
Does the use of intermodal transport have by-pass advantages, e.g. of driving bans, limited tonnages, regular congestions, driving time regulations?
Does it fulfill the requirement of “sustainable logistics” set by shippers?
Economical comparison between intermodal transport and road transport