Effective Container Use, Per Trade Deployment Based On Nature


Efeective container use

Effective container use depends on the type of goods that are required to be shipped, however, container type varies in dimension irrespective of its design, which is also dependent on the nature of the goods (wet or dry). Given this, we will be discussing the various types of containers and the type of goods that could be shipped with each of these containers, either based on ‘exportation’ or ‘importation’ of goods, alternatively, while advising a client. Meanwhile, the meaning of a ‘container’.

A container is a single, rigid, sealed, reusable metal box in which merchandise (goods) is shipped by vessel, truck, or rail. But this does not speak for flat rack containers. A flat rack container is a single, rigid base, unsealed, reusable with double collapsible walls (suitable for loading heavy goods from the top or side, such as Pipes and machinery).

The most integral part of the entire shipping industry, transport, and trade, consists basically of container units. These metallic structures are the equipment used to store various kinds of products (goods) that need to be shipped from one part of the world to another while serving as protecting instruments for these goods in transit to their ports of unloading and destination. It is important you ship or advise a client on the appropriate container to be used in line with global best practices.

As regards cargo handling with containers of various types, goods are shipped on each container based on weight and CBM (Cubic meters). This is why the maximum weight and CBM of goods to be shipped by a 20ft container must not exceed 2,930 kg while a 27.9 CBM and 40ft container should not bear cargo exceeding 3,900 kg or 56.1 CBM.

These shipping containers are deployed today to meet the shipping requirements of all kinds of cargo shipments. As such, some of the common types of containers used today irrespective of the type of product required to be shipped are listed below

Firstly, the most commonly used containers deployed in the shipping industry. It comes in various dimensions authorized and standardized by the International Standard Organization (ISO) and known as Dry Van. Used to ship dry goods with the aid of pallets, cases, cartons, or vehicles, and come in different forms, such as High Cube or Standard, also in different sizes – 20ft, 40ft, and 10ft respectively.


Another one is the reefer containers. They are temperature-regulated shipping containers that require a carefully controlled low temperature with the aid of electricity. These are used exclusively for the shipment of perishable goods, like fruits, vegetables, and seafood (fresh fish) over a long distance.

Tank Container

These containers are used mostly for the transportation of liquid products. They are also used in high proportion, considering the entire shipping industry. These types of containers are used for the transportation of chemicals, odoriferous substances, high bouquet spirits, and so on. To be protected from corrosion, tank containers are made with strong steel or other anti-corrosive materials providing long life and protection to the products. However, they vary in dimension, 20ft, and 40ft.


This type of container comes with a different design. The collapsible sides of this container are opposite to each other. They are simple storage shipping equipment where the sides can be folded, making a flat rack container widely used for a variety of goods. And effectively used in shipping overweight products and long vehicles, such as steel pipes, trucks, and so on.

This type of container enables goods of any height to be shipped easily (especially when goods fall within the range of required CBM, but the height varies with the dimension of the container).


These are container storage units made specifically for the shipment of cars over a long distance. This has a similar feature compared with FLAT RACK due to collapsible sides.


This container requires easy loading and unloading. They are used to ship goods like coal, stones, and so on.

Other containers include the DOUBLE DOORS, which gives goods wider room for loading and unloading. Another one is INSULATED OR THERMAL CONTAINER, to maintain high temperature with effective temperature control.

There are other ones, meanwhile, just these for now.

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