Transshipment is where one has to transfer an intermodal container between two rail ramps (railheads) while it is in-transit. Specific example: A container is loaded onto the BNSF railway in Los Angeles, travels via rail to a ramp in Chicago, and is then trans-shipped across town to a rail ramp belonging to the CSX railroad, where it is loaded on a CSX train for eventual delivery into Baltimore. This is necessary because no single railroad in the United States travels from Los Angeles to Baltimore.

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