Shipping Containers: Units and Designs

Shipping crates and containers come in all shapes and sizes for all manner of goods shipping. These containers form the heart and soul of the entire shipping industry. Trade and transport would be impossible without a broad variety of options for moving cargo. Choosing the proper shipping container for your cargo is vital to ensuring that the goods you are sending survive their trip in good condition.

Let’s examine several different types of shipping containers, and the purpose they serve.

Dry Storage Containers
These bulk containers are the most common kind of shipping container on the market today. They come in many varied dimensions for different kinds of cargo, ranging in size from 10 to 40 feet.

Flat Racks
Flat rack containers have sides that collapse for easy storage and transport. Flat racks are some of the simplest storage containers available and can be used either as a basic walled container or a flat platform for a wide variety of shipping options.

Open Top
Open top containers have a removable roof, which enables the creation of a four-walled shipping container to protect objects on the side, but still be adaptable for shipping items of almost any height in an easy and efficient manner.

Tunnel Units
These storage and shipping container units have doors on both the front and back of the container. This setup provides extra useful options when it comes to the rapid loading and removal of goods and cargo.

Refrigerated Units
Temperature-regulated shipping units are vital for shipping cargo that is sensitive to environmental conditions. Refrigerated units are ideal for moving perishable goods like fresh food or chemicals that have to be kept at a carefully-regulated low temperature.

Insulated and Thermal Units
Like refrigerated units, these are temperature-related shipping containers that are excellent for shipping cargo that needs regulated environmental conditions. These containers have heavy-duty insulation to make sure that the temperature can be regulated at a high level without damaging the container itself.

Cargo Roll Containers
These kinds of large shipping crates are specialized designs specifically for stacking. Generally made from thick wire mesh and fitted with roller wheels which allow for easy movement and arrangement, these are also available in a variety of colors to add a bit of whimsy to the shipping process.

Bulk Shift Containers
These containers are specialized crates designed specifically to accommodate intermediate goods shipping. They can handle high levels of materials and are for the stage between initial shipping and final arrival. Goods packed in these containers are generally moved to a main shipping destination, where they are then transferred to more long-term containers to be transported to their destination.

Tanks and Drums
These types of containers are used for transporting liquid, gas, or sedimentary materials like fibers, light metals, hydrogen, propane, oil, etc. Due to their shape, they require extra space on the truck, plane or boat, but are best suited for shipping of these types of materials needing special consideration.

These are just a few of the many varieties of shipping containers made. If you’re not sure of the kind of shipping container you need, feel free to give us a call; we can help.