Freight Terminal Hierarchy and Added Value
Freight terminals can be classified by their size, the added
value they provide and their function:
Logistics zones are often co-located (associated) with port or
intermodal terminal facilities. If co-located with a port terminal,
the term port-centric logistics zone is used. If
co-located with an intermodal terminal, the term inland port
(or dry port) is used. Such facilities command the distribution of a
vast market area and act as inland load centers. Some inland port
facilities like in Chicago or Kansas City can have substantial added
- Gateway: A
world class gateway should contain
the whole range of value added activities related to transportation,
from financing to modal and intermodal infrastructures. Still, basic
gateways can also exist, mainly focusing on transferring cargo between
maritime and inland transport systems.
- Transshipment hub. A port terminal that
dominantly specialize in the transshipment of containerized
cargo from one shipping network to
another. Since limited handling is done on cargo,
transshipment hubs provide lower levels of added value.
- Logistics zone: An agglomeration
(clustering) of logistics activities in a managed real estate
- Freight village. A logistics zone, or an element of a
logistics zone specializing in services.
- Intermodal terminal: A facility
transferring cargo between either rail or barge transport
systems and road. Commonly acts
as a load center for an inland market.
- Satellite terminal: Perform a very specific
function such as transloading, often in the vicinity of a gateway.
Some satellite terminals, such as in Los Angeles, are very significant
at providing specialized freight distribution activities.