What’s A Door-to-Ramp?
Door to ramp in auto transport refers to the movement of lading from the customers' door to the destination intermodal closet to the receiving party. It's common in auto shipping as nearly all goods that do not use cranes for loading use ramps. Cargo is usually driven or containerized in a trailer from the client's door to the ramp in case shipment is by a cargo ship. A client can prefer to hire a separate entity to ship their cargo to the port of loading or drive their cargo. It's received by the shipper, who inspects it before loading it onto the ship. The use of ramps starts by keenly identifying the type of ramp you need for the particular shipment.
Types of Ramps
Depending on the shipment, there are many types of ramp designs for specific needs. For instance, if a ramp is required to load vehicles onto a trailer for transportation, the most efficient ramp is the step deck trailer ramp. It is made up of aluminum material which provides strength and low weight, which supports diverse vehicle weights. In addition, they are easy to assemble and disassemble. However, they are only limited to loading and unloading vehicles onto and off of trailers and lack space for maneuvers. The conclusion nevertheless suggests that door-to-ramp services are mandatory in shipping.