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Why Ship With Container

Container shipping is the most economical transportation mode for your cargo. Fitted on ships, trains and trucks, the humble container redefined international shipping and allowed global trade to expand to the levels we know today. Which container type is the most suitable for your cargo? Is it large enough to fit? The Freight Forwarding Experts take stock of the most common equipment types, so you can make the right decision.

A Shipper's Guide to Container Sizes And Types

A Short History Of Shipping Containers

The idea of a shipping container first came from England at the close of the 18th century. The early iteration of the container did not resemble their modern counterparts. The containers were rectangular wooden boxes, mostly used to transport coal.
The first modern intermodal shipping container, as we know it today, came to existence in 1955 in the U.S. When Malcom McLean, together with engineer Keith Tantlinger, developed a module made of corrugated steel. The structure allowed for movement using cranes and stacking them on top of each other.

On April 26, 1956, the Ideal X tanker, converted into a container ship for the occasion, made its first voyage from Newark, New Jersey to Houston, Texas. After the development of containers, the lack of common standards became problematic, as various container sizes and systems remained in use for the two following decades. Clear sizing requirements for each container type were subsequently agreed upon and enforced through the ISO standard. As a consequence, shipping containers are often referred to as ISO containers. Containers all require a valid