Logistics & Multi-modal Transport

Multimodal Transport And Logistics

A Group Two Subject/Course


  1. To ensure a thorough knowledge and understanding of the role of multi-modal transport and its importance in supply chain management.
  2. To develop relevant communication skills.

International Distribution

  • The structure of distribution and the role of logistics.
  • The evolution of the global economy, the supply chain concept.
  • Concepts of multi modal transport: different transport modes, modal interfaces.
  • Basic intermodal systems – road/rail/sea; sea/air; road/air; road/ rail.
  • Inventory control pressures.

Physical Operation

  • Vehicles and equipment, trucks, trains, aircraft and ships. Swap bodies, double stacks, trailer types, container types.
  • Intermodal interfaces and terminals; depots, warehouses and cargo handling equipment.

Trade Routes

  • Relative importance of main trade routes and commodities. Container routes, rail routes including land bridges, road/rail competition.
  • The role of short sea shipping. The role of air freight.
  • Road haulage – international, domestic trunk and local delivery.
  • Specialist businesses e.g. hanging garments, bonded, perishables, cars, directories etc.

The Practioners

  • Liner operators, NVOC`s, parcel/courier services, railroads, airlines.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of public versus private sector ownership; single company versus networks; joint services versus alliances.
  • Internal provision or outsourcing.

Through Transport Pricing

  • Sea versus road versus air competition, cost-benefit-speed assessment.
  • Market share, revenue.
  • Pricing strategy – contribution or volume led.
  • Price discrimination. Distribution and carrier service contracts.

Inventory Management

  • The need to control inventory costs.
  • Just in time versus warehoused stock. Consolidation centres; central warehousing versus direct retail delivery.
  • Management systems. Distribution networks.

Sale Contracts And Documentation

  • Terms of sale, INCOTERMS, documentary credits and other payment methods; uniform custom and practice (UCP)
  • Bills of lading, surface and air waybills, consignment and delivery notes.

Conventions Relating To Multimodal Transport

  • International conventions including Hague/Visby and Hamburg rules, CMR, CIM, TIR.
  • Multimodal rules ICC/Unctad.
  • Dangerous goods including International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code and International Carriage of
  • Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR)


National and international regulations including customs, health, veterinary controls and other restrictions on the movement of goods.

Sales & Marketing

  • Marketing techniques and market research,
  • Sales systems – field sales and call centres.
  • Measurement of customer service levels
  • The role of e-commerce
  • The role of quality management, TQM, benchmarking, the use of quality assurance.


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