Learning About The Different Types of Shipping Containers

With the early advent of the Internet and the rapid development of communications, the world’s borders have opened up to flourishing international trade. Exporting or importing goods abroad is quite difficult, but if your company delivers goods in large volumes or bulk, you will most likely have to load sea containers. A sea container is a large steel unit that transports a wide range of goods and goods worldwide and comes in various sizes and shapes.

With today’s companies, multinationals, and large corporations sourcing their raw materials from the farthest corners of the globe and supplying their finished products to various markets around the world, the need for and way of transporting materials from one place to another has changed radically. The most economical type of international transportation of delicate and valuable goods is using sea containers. Special shipping companies have exclusive container ships transporting stacked containers from one port to another across the oceans of 5 continents.

Shipping containers are available in various shapes, sizes, and designs to accommodate the multifaceted cargo you wish to transport. During their transit period, they perform the function of temporary storage of their goods or products. Below are the main types of containers available in the shipping industry to transport various goods across continents.

A dry storage container is the most common shipping container to transport dry materials. They feature a front-loading, two-door design and come in 10, 20, and 40-foot sizes.

Flat lattice container. With fold-down sides to form a flat lattice, these containers are ideal for transporting a wide variety of cargo.

Open bin. The bin has an easy-to-remove fold-down top to facilitate loading goods of different heights that do not fit in the dry storage bin.

Tunnel container. The containers have doors that can be opened from both sides to make filling or unloading the container easier.

Open sided storage container. The importance of these containers is that they have doors that open completely on the sides to allow easy access when loading materials.

Double door container. Loading and unloading, especially building materials, is easily done in this container, with double doors providing more space for loading and unloading. They come in standard sizes of SCF 40ft shipping containers and 20 feet.

Refrigerated containers. If you want to ship perishable goods such as vegetables, fruits, fish, and meat, you need these types of containers that control the temperature and protect your goods from loading to unloading.

Storage container on wheels. Made from durable wire mesh in various colors and supported by casters for easy movement, these collapsible containers typically carry stacks of materials.


Insulated or thermal containers. Suitable for transporting products that require a constant temperature, these containers are ideal as the temperature inside is fully adjustable.

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