Intermodal Metals (CMI Logistics LLC): Load and Roll Pallet

The heart of our industry-leading intermodal distribution business is our Load and Roll Pallet (LRP), which provides metals shippers the maximum flexibility available from an intermodal metals-transportation solution, and sets the standard for service utilized by many North American railroads.

The LRP permits safe, reliable and damage-free transportation of your goods in a closed ocean container. Those containers are moved by consistent and regularly scheduled stack trains, offering unparalleled transit times in the intermodal marketplace.

The LRP is the competitive advantage CMI has in providing unparalleled intermodal service to our metals industry customers. The LRP enables us to transload material from a flatbed truck into a closed ocean container quickly and with minimal handling. Since its initial design 25 years ago, the LRP has undergone several improvements and modifications to better meet the needs of our customers.

Today, the LRP can be used to move:

  • Master coils
  • Bar stock
  • Plate
  • Rod
  • Wire
  • Any other product form, all inside a closed ocean container

As confirmation of the LRP’s design and functionality, many North American railroads, including the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), the Union Pacific (UP) and the Norfolk Southern (NS) use the LRP specifications as the basis for the loading guidelines for metal products in closed ocean containers. In addition, the LRP specifications also meet the guidelines established by the American Association of Railroads for the loading, blocking and bracing of metal products in closed trailers and containers.

Within minutes of an inbound truck arriving at one of our transload centers, 52,000-pound-capacity fork trucks unload the trailer and move the material directly onto one of our staged LRPs. There, transload workers begin to block, brace and strap the material securely to the LRP. Once their job is complete, the LRP is moved by a fork truck to our loading area where it is rolled into the container. Transload facility employees then block and brace the LRP inside the container.

The entire operation takes place within a matter of 20 minutes or less, with minimal material handling and inside a weatherproof area.

The LRP Advantage:
The LRP allows CMI to provide:

  • Protection of our customers’ product inside the closed ocean container
  • Unparalleled method for product securement
  • Weight distribution across the container floor to preserve the structural integrity of the container, as well as prevent cargo shift