Functions of Inland Terminals
Inland terminals serve three non-exclusive functions; as
satellite terminals, load centers and transshipment terminals:
Satellite terminal. An intermodal facility
build in proximity to the port in order to handle additional
traffic, particularly with the port facility is congested (high
costs). Satellite terminals are also widely used to support
Load center. A standard intermodal terminal
aiming at servicing a regional market.
Transshipment. In some circumstances, an inland
terminal may also serve a transshipment role that is connecting
different rail circulation systems. This transshipment can
either take place by shunting (rail to rail) or between
terminals with truck transfers.