Cargo Containers



Cargo containers are high-strength metal containers that are made in standard lengths of 40 feet and 20 feet. Other names for cargo containers include c-containers, sea containers, and shipping containers.

The standard sizes of c-containers facilitate their movement easily from the truck to ship or rail. This is referred to as intermodal shipping. This is because the freight is shipped by more than one mode of transportation. Carriers that transport products long distances by train or globally by ocean-going vessels use cargo containers.


Cargo containers are the essential components of the entire shipping transport, trade, and industry. They are used for storing different kinds of products that need to be transported from one part of the world to another.

The type of container you choose will determine whether your shipment will arrive at its intended destination safely. In selecting a cargo container, you must consider the type of cargo to be shipped and the special services required from them. Container units may vary in construction, materials, structure, and dimension.


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Shipments can be partial container load (PCL) or full container load (FCL). Cargo shipping is usually more affordable when it travels via ship or rail. This is because the transit time is considerably greater compared to moving freight by air or truck.

Some of the most common types of cargo containers in use today in the United States include:

Common Types of Container Shipped by Heavy Equipment Transport

Dry Storage Container

Dry storage containers are the most commonly used cargo containers. You will find them in diverse dimensions that ISO standardizes. Typical dry storage containers come in the size of 10ft, 40ft, and 20ft. As the name suggests, they are used for transporting dry goods.

Flat Rack Container

Flat rack containers usually feature collapsible sides. This trait enables you to fold their sides to make a flat rack for transporting a wide variety of materials.

Open Top Container

If you're looking to ship materials with heights longer than usual, then an open-top container is the way to go. These containers have tops that can be completely removed to create an open space at the top so that it can fit materials of any height.

Tunnel Container

These are cargo containers fitted with doors on both ends. They are particularly helpful in quick unloading and loading of materials. Tunnel containers have various benefits. To begin with, they are perfect for loading forklift and pallet. The two doors on both ends mean that coupled with the installation of a steel bulkhead partition, the 20ft unit can be transformed into two 10ft units.

Open Side Storage Container

These cargo containers are perfect for wide goods. They are fitted with doors that can be transformed into entirely open sides, giving you a much wider room for loading cargo.


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