Running a business will often time mean shipping a large amount of cargo from one place to another. This journey will more often than not cover large distances, and the cargo will rarely be of small size. For this purpose exist the cargo shipping containers that, at one point or another, all of us have seen.
While all of us have seen these giant contraptions, very few of us actually know that there is a wide variety in the types of these containers. The different types cater to different needs. Here are some of the commonly used types of containers.
- Dry storage container
These are the most commonly used containers. If you’ve ever seen a regular container carrying some cargo on the highway or somewhere in the city, this is probably the type you saw. They are simply constructed by dimensions of 20ft, 40 ft, and 10ft in height, width, and length, respectively. There are no fancy features to this one; it is merely used to ship a cargo of the dry kind that does not need any special conditions for its storage.
- Open top container
These containers come with a convertible option (the car enthusiasts among you will know just what this means). This means that the top of the containers can be opened, leaving only the other five sides of the container closed. This serves multiple different purposes. This is useful if your cargo is something that needs a little airflow during the course of the journey, and it is also useful if your cargo is of the kind that needs to pack on four sides but needs a little headroom in the height region for transferring.
- Tunnel container
Business is a world where the phrase “time is money” is used more often than anywhere else, and this kind of container was built keeping the time factor in mind. A tunnel container is basically a container that opens from both ends and allows for much quicker loading and unloading. The two-way opening means that more people can work on the loading and unloading at the same time. Hence if your cargo involves lots of items that need quick unloading and loading to make sure that all the schedules in your business plan are met, this container is the one to opt for.
- Refer containers
The cargo being shipped may be stored for a long period of time, and if the cargo is sensitive to environmental factors such as temperature, then there are certain conditions that the container needs to meet. One such condition is met by the refrigerated containers. These containers have specific technology built into them that keeps the environment of the containers to an optimally set low temperature. This is ideal for transferring sensitive cargo over long distances, such as fruit, vegetables, and other food items that may be perishable. This can also be applicable to items of dairy such as milk and butter etc.
- Insulated or thermal containers
On the other end of the temperature spectrum, we also have cargo which may be sensitive to the environment being too cold, and for such cargo exists the containers which come fitted with technology that allows it to maintain the environment inside the container at a higher temperature at all times. Naturally, exposure to such high temperatures continuously can lead to damage to the container, and hence these containers come fitted with special materials that allow them to remain impervious to such damage, which occurs from consistent exposure to high temperature.
- Half-height containers
Half-height containers are, as the name suggests, half the height of a regular container and usually do not come with anything even close to a roof. These are made specifically for carrying the cargo of the raw kind that can pile on top of each other in no particular shape or form, such as stones, clay or coal, etc. The no roof and low height design allows for easy loading and unloading and also allows you to pile up the materials as high as you would like.
- Car carriers
Cars are usually the thing that comes to mind when you think of transporting some form of product over a long distance, but what vehicular contraption do you use to transfer another vehicle? Car carrier containers. These containers are specially designed to transfer cars over a long distance. They have collapsible sides to ensure that the cars are easily loaded on and off and fit snuggly inside the containers. This ensures minimum damage to the car during the process of loading and unloading. It also ensures that the cars don’t move around too much during the shipping, which once again helps prevent any form of damage that may be imparted on the vehicle.
Hence there are many types of containers out there, each serving the purpose of transferring a specific type of cargo.