Multimodal transportations are international and domestic transportations by different means of transport, on the basis of a single transport document and on the through rate under the supervision of the single multimodal transportation operator.

The main goal of multimodal transportations is minimizing the transportation time and the cost. Distinctive feature of this type of transportation is existence of the single organizational, controlling and coordination center of a transport company.

Multimodal transportation of goods with participation of sea transport has a number of advantages that are: high throughput and carrying capacity, low cost of the long distance transportations. Sea vessels allow carry out intercontinental delivery of container cargoes. The average speed of movement of a transport vessels is 14 knots per hour, the maximum capacity is 300 000 mt. After arrival of the vessel at the port of destination and carrying out all customs procedures the cargo is delivered to the customer by other means of transport.