Shipping Container Technical Help & Useful Information
In this section of your website we focus upon being able to get you good technical support relating to all Shipping Containers. Globally there are many 1000s of
companies involved in the industry.
As a result the technical information that can be accessed from Shipping Container Trader website will be comprehensive, up to date and free. So that we may
direct your enquiry to the right area we have created a directory of resources under separate headings.
To help you here’s some background on Shipping Container types:
are used to transport freight by road or by rail and ship. This is why they are also referred to as Intermodal Shipping Containers.
There are many different types, and special custom build Shipping Containers feature heavily in the market place. These are usually dimensionally different than
standard ISO Shipping Containers, with additional doors, windows, and security.
Dry ISO containers
are used for general-purpose transportation. The cargo is loaded from the end of the container. They are totally enclosed, box type containers. These containers
are also called cube containers. They are manufactured with a standard height of 8 feet 6 inches, but also with extended heights of 9 feet 6 inches. The last ones
are called high cube containers.
Insulated or thermal ISO containers
are used to transport chilled and frozen goods. They are also used for temperature sensitive products. These containers have insulated walls but they don't have a
Refrigerated, or reefer ISO containers
are used when a steady temperature must be maintained during shipping. They are the same as insulated containers but have a refrigeration unit.
Flat racks and platforms
are used to transport heavy machinery. They have no sidewalls, but may have end bulkheads. There are also collapsible flat rack containers. They are open
sided containers with end bulkheads that can be folded down when the rack is empty.
Open top containers
are used to transport heavy, tall or hard to load cargo, and bulk material, such as coal or grain. They are box type containers with no top. They can be loaded
from the top or end of the container.
Tank type is used to transport liquid or bulk materials. They are manufactured with a cylindrical tank mounted within a rectangular steel framework. They have
the same dimensions as other intermodal containers.
All these containers are manufactured with standard sizes as below.
Width: 8 feet;
Height: 8 feet 6 inches and 9 feet 6 inches;
Length: 20 feet, 40 feet and 45 feet.
Less common lengths include 24, 28, 32, 44, 46, 48, 53, and 56 feet.