Nearly 80% of the world’s cargo is moved via container transport, so it should come as no surprise that different services cater to specific transport of large volumes of goods.
Here’s a primer on shipping containers, their size, purpose, types, and everything else related to transporting goods via containers.
Container transport usually refers to the international transportation of goods in standardized shipping containers, usually via sea or rail. Standard containers can be transported over long distances and transferred from one means of transport to the other without being opened.
Standardized storage containers have revolutionized the container haulage industry, allowing the transport of goods by rail, road, ship, and even air, which contributed to a significant reduction in costs of transport.
Here’s a list of different container types that are used for transporting goods.
Less than container load (LCL) is one of the most popular freight forwarding methods, since it’s cost-effective and reliable. This type of container delivery allows combining several smaller items with those of other businesses.
Full container load (FCL) uses the entire space of the container available for ocean freight. This freight shipping type works best for packages that require more space and use more direct shipping lines to cut back on the delivery time. Ocean freight is the most cost-effective shipping solution between major ports and then container terminals.
Intermodal rail freight shipping is a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to road haulage, especially for the state-wide haulage of construction material. Since it saves both time and money, rail freight is also fantastic for establishing a country-wide supply chain of goods.
Air freight is the fastest freight option for shipping cargo. Air freight shipping companies are dedicated to handling and shipping of smaller, more time-sensitive, and urgent packages.
Hauliers use less-than-truckload (LTL) and full truckload (FTL) freight methods, equivalent to LCL and FCL services. They’re a more timely way of delivering goods across the state via UK roads, especially compared to rail freight, but it’s also a pricier option.
There are two categories of shipping containers used to measure the cargo volume and vessel capacity, along with several different types of containers.
Besides these two categories, we also recognize six different container types:
Dry storage containers are previously mentioned, standard shipping containers used to transport dry materials.
Flat rack containers feature collapsible, foldable sides, making them ideal for shipping boats, machinery, cars, and equipment.
Next to the typical doors, the sides of these containers also act as doors, which allows for faster loading of goods.
These containers have no roof, which enables the transport of goods regardless of their height.
This option is great for food or pharmaceuticals.
These are specifically designed for the transport of liquids.
Shipping via containers is the most cost-effective way to transport the bulk of your goods internationally. If you would like to discuss our container services, feel free to get in touch today or call our experienced team on 01394 675635.