In forwarding, the term refers to one of the most important logistics processes. It describes the switch of the means of transport of a good in the course of the transport route, e.g. from truck to train. Transshipment often takes place multiple times within the course of the transport for an economic and efficient further transport to the destination.
Each process costs time and money. It is carried out by transshipment equipment such as forklifts, cranes and robots. It can be handled manually, automatically or by machine. The location where it takes place is called the transshipment point. It can be in or outside of a company. Examples for these points are freight centres, transshipment warehouses, container depots, ports or train stations.