Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading

TOFC (Trailer on Flatcar)

A practice of loading truck trailers onto railroad flatcars for long-distance transport.

What is TOFC (Trailer on Flatcar)?

TOFC (Trailer on Flatcar) is a form of intermodal transportation in which truck trailers are loaded onto railroad flatcars for long-distance transport. TOFC is also known as piggyback transportation, as the trailers are carried on the back of the flatcars like a piggyback ride. TOFC allows cargo to be transported over long distances using multiple modes of transportation, such as trucks and trains, without the need for cargo handling or reloading. This can help reduce transportation costs and improve delivery times by optimizing the use of different modes of transportation. TOFC is commonly used for transporting consumer goods, such as food and beverages, household goods, and retail merchandise.