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Container Transload Facility (CTF) in Columbus, OH

Our container transload facility is superbly located at the former NS Discovery Park intermodal facility in Columbus, OH, with excellent truck access from Interstates 70, 71 and 270.

The 35-acre facility provides bulk transloading capabilities from both bulk hopper trucks and covered rail hopper cars in quantities from single cars to unit trains.

CTF operates a private gate for trucks arriving for transload, provides on-site USDA/FGIS inspection services, and operates a private, certified truck scale at the facility – all of which serve to maximize efficiency and minimize truck turn time.

Commodities transloaded on-site include agricultural products, steel, heavy equipment, manufactured goods, and raw materials.

Bulk Transloading

World Distribution Services has established a unique 35-acre bulk transloading facility in Columbus, OH that combines transloading services for agricultural commodities such as DDGS and soybeans with a full range of conventional rail and rail intermodal services. Our Container Transload Facility (CTF) can transload product arriving via both bulk hopper truck and rail hopper car to intermodal containers and then place the fully loaded container directly onto intermodal rail cars for service to the USEC, USWC and to the Canadian gateway of Prince Rupert. Containers can be sourced from the largest container depot in the central Ohio area that is located adjacent to the CTF. This is a truly unique operation that combines an excellent source of containers with a full range of transloading services that is rail served.

Heavy Lift and Out-of-Gauge Services

WDS is skilled in the import and export of our customers' special cargo. Our Container Transload Facility will expertly manage projects from small to massive, including unloading or load/transloading flat racks, open tops, containerized shipments and break bulk. Our project cargo specialists can lash, block and brace your most difficult projects per NCB, IMO and AAR standards.

Whether the project necessitates the use of large heavy lift forklifts, loaded lifts, cranes, or rigging equipment, World Distribution Services' CTF will get the job done right – and safely.

Our team of experienced logistics coordinators is well-versed in the handling of out-of-gauge cargo, including overweight, over height, over-width, over-length, and other unique and special freight.

Container Transload Facility Information

  • 35 acre concrete private transload and intermodal rail terminal
  • Secure, fully fenced and lighted with 24/7 video surveillance
  • Owner Operator fleet to support operation
  • 48 hour rail service to on dock Port of Norfolk via Norfolk Southern
  • Products handled steel, bulk ag, heavy equipment, manufactured goods, raw materials, etc.
  • Maximum cargo weight loading opportunities (up to 58,000# per 40' container); no overweight permits needed with NS direct service
  • Over 7000 feet of track space
  • Private on-site certified truck scale
  • Centrally Located to Route 71 / Route 270 / Route 70
  • On-site USDA / FGIS inspection provided
  • Adjacent to CPG's 65 acre Creekway container depot operation (largest in central Ohio)


  • State-of-the-art high speed covered conveyor system for bulk transloading
  • Full Transloading capabilities from both bulk hopper trucks and rail cars
  • Capacity TJ7000 yard spotters
  • Taylor 974 loaded lift (90,000# capacity)
  • 52,000#, 30,000# and 7,000# forklifts
  • On-site certified truck scale
  • Private Gate to minimize truck turn time, dedicated gate house, office and inspection lanes for transload operation

Learn more about our CTF

Check out our blog to learn 10 Things to Know About Our Columbus Container Transload Facility  (CTF).

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*Note: WDS does not handle shipments of personal effects for private individuals.

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