An Overview of Ocean Shipping Containers: What They Are And How They Are Used

The information outlined in this post will help you choose the correct size and type of container for your international freight shipments. You will understand what you need to know after reading through this post. The sizes, capacities, and types of shipping containers are all covered.

Main Types of Freight Container for International Shipping

A dry shipping container is the greatest for cargo of all commodities. This sort of container has doors at only one end. It is suitable for transporting goods in bulk or on pallets or skids, and it has doors at only one end. In addition to being an ideal choice for international shipment, this type of container is also suitable for containing a wide range of items, depending on the nature of your cargo. The following types of freight containers could be of help if you’re trying to figure out what to do with your cargo:

Flat Rack Freight Container:

Manufactured for handling heavy or oversized cargo that does not fit into a standard shipping container, a Flat Rack Freight Container is utilised for transporting heavy objects or chassis that cannot be transported in a conventional box. In addition, transporting crates over uneven ground, such as switchbacks on a mountain road or dockside jetties that rise and fall with the tide, can be accomplished using these containers. They come in three forms: low-profile height steel body, stake body, and composite top rail. Stakes are attached to the body of a stake body for carrying common bulk cargo, whereas low-profile height steel bodies are adapted to accommodate big size requirements. For transporting cargo on a ship, composite top rail flat rack freight containers are used.

High Cube Container:

A high cube is similar to a normal dry container, but is around a foot taller, allowing for more storage. As much as 76 cubic metres of freight can be packed into a full high cube container, compared to 67 cubic metres in a standard container.

Open Top Freight Container:

Open top freight containers are an excellent alternative to bulk containers when you have a shipment that’s too large for a regular dry container, but not big enough for a high cube unit. This container’s top is not open in the literal sense, but is covered with a tarpaulin to prevent the elements from entering. It can also be moved and unloaded using a crane. Bulk containers and ‘lift vans’ are two of the most popular container types, but they don’t always match client demands.

Other types of containers are:

Tunnel Container

Side Open (or Open Side) Shipping Container

Tank Containers

Refrigerated Containers (or Reefers)

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