When looking into container and road haulage, you may be wondering what types of goods are typically transported in containers. In fact, there is such a wide variety of cargo that can be moved, the possibilities are limitless.

Let’s take a closer look at the different types of goods and how they are transported.

Dry Bulk Items

Dry bulk cargo includes various items such as sand, cement, grains, coals, sugar or salt. This could be for infrastructure purposes or for the food industry, but basically, if it’s dry and you’d like to move it in bulk, it is possible with container haulage. More often than not, these products are not packaged and transported in large quantities. It’s important to choose a haulage provider that is experienced in handling these types of cargo.

Food Items

Transporting food items can prove to be slightly more challenging as different types of food require different types of transportation. Non-perishable foods can stay within containers for weeks and months, however fresh produce, frozen foods, packaged and processed foods are more likely to need to reach their destination promptly. Refrigerated cargo has been specifically designed to transport meat, fish, vegetables and fruits to make sure it lasts longer and keeps them intact.


From cars and vans to trucks and motorbikes, these can all be transported in containers as they can bear the weight and bulk. Whether you’re moving brand new vehicles or old ones across the country, roll on/roll off (ro-ro) cargo is commonly used. This is where goods can be loaded and unloaded using the principle of rolling, Ro-ro cargo has the capability of transporting vehicles of all size and weight wherever you need it to go.

Equipment & Materials

Similar to vehicles above, containers are also used for heavy equipment and materials such as unprocessed metallic materials, wood, paper and steel rolls. By packing them up, they are easier to load and unload as well as more secure and less susceptible to damage.

Livestock & Animals

It is important to note that you must use specialised carriers and licences to transport livestock and animals because the animal’s welfare must be considered. Sheep, goats, cows and other animals are usually moved across destinations and there are specific livestock containers used to transport them. They are well ventilated and sturdy enough to ensure the animals are safe and secure.

Chemical & Hazardous Materials

These materials must be transported in specialised containers for toxic substances and much also use licences to transport them. In order to avoid corrosion of the container and any dangerous leakage, they are normally moved in chemical tankers or specialised containers.

At Transmode, we work with large international organisations to smaller independent businesses, so we are well versed in different cargo requirements. We always take the time to understand your specific needs, so get in touch with us today to discuss our container services

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