Intermodal Shipping Container Specifications
The use of intermodal shipping containers for the movement of international freight and cargo can be traced back to the early late 1960s and early 1970s.
They are generally known as ‘containers’, ‘boxes’ or even ‘LO/LO’ (lift on/lift off). Most international seaports can easily receive and distribute containers.
Shipping containers are made of solid steel and come with timber or plywood flooring. Containers are designed to accommodate virtually any type of freight or cargo.
As such their characteristics can be categorised in one of two shipping container classifications:
- General freight or cargo container
- Specific freight or cargo container
In addition to the movement of international freight, some people have found alternative shipping container uses which usually means some additional work, conversion or modification to the container.
A thriving industry has recently emerged in shipping container houses and homes where used freight containers are assembled in simple or complex architectural designs and then fitted and modified accordingly.
General Steel Container Characteristics
Most come with a standard secure lock fitting that can be upgraded if necessary.
Intermodal shipping containers are generally guaranteed to be weather resistant and inaccessible to vermin.
ISO Steel Shipping Container Specifications
A high cube container provides an additional foot of height across the full range.
Reefer Shipping Container Specifications
Reefer containers are specific use shipping containers used in the transport and usually the export of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and other foodstuffs where temperature control is paramount in order to preserve quality and shelf-life.
They are available in all major size specifications, although the 20 foot and 40 foot reefer are by far the most common.
New & Used Intermodal Containers
If you do not wish to purchase, many companies specialise in shipping containers for hire. Hiring a container is probably the best option if you are looking for temporary or even permanent storage of goods.
Expect a degree of wear and tear with used containers including visible surface rust. Check that the doors open and close correctly and that most importantly, the seals are still intact. Be sure to check the shipping container specifications are correct for your intended requirements.