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Shipping containers need-to-knows

A shipping container is an intermodal container suitable for trucks, rail and ships and manufactured to the specification of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to ensure meeting the size and durability requirements for stacking them safely and uniformly while moving over the land or sea.

Types of ISO containers - which is best for you?


General-purpose (Dry): 20ft, 40ft, 40ft HC are completely airtight and widely used for ocean freight goods.


Refrigerated / Insulated (Temperature controlled): equipped with a system that helps to maintain an internal temperature of between -25º and + 25 and must be connected to an external power source such as the vessel’s generator or the port’s power supply throughout the entire international transport chain (from pick up to drop off).


Tank (Liquids, gases): ISO tank used to ship hazardous substances, can no longer be used to ship food (wine), and vice versa.


Open-top and open-side containers (Heavy machinery or oversize pallets): have walls to protect the goods but not the roof. Due to low demand carriers may implement an extra cost to transport open top containers.


Flat-rack (Heavy or bulky out-of-gauge cargo): built with collapsible sides and does not have a roof or top. Clear indication of lifting points required for the odd-sized cargo to avoid damages.


Tunnel (Double doors at both ends): creates an access for easy loading and unloading of materials from both ends.

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