Containers: various types exist within transport and logistics. For example, there are different types of containers for air cargo and sea freight. Do you know which containers you need for your shipments? For a certain number of pallets or for different dimensions? Of course we will gladly advise you on which container best fits your needs.
What are standard container sizes and measurements?
A container is a standardized metal container for the transport of goods. From cars, electronics, building materials, raw materials and chemical products to foodstuffs and pallets with various goods. Due to the use of international standard dimensions, containers are suitable for road, rail and water, such as during transshipment from seagoing vessels to road or inland waterways.
TEU is the standard size of a container and stands for Twenty feet Equivalent Unit. Usually a container is:
- 20 feet (about 6 meters = 1 TEU);
- 40 feet (2 TEU = 1 FEU).
FEU stands for Fourty feet Equivalent Unit. In addition, there are also containers with different sizes. In addition to the TEUs and FEUs, there are also different types of containers. Below you will find the most important ones at a glance.
The standard: dry container
A standard container is made of steel and intended for general cargo that is not too long, too wide, too high, too heavy or bulky. We also call a standard container ‘dry container’.
Special dimensions: Flat Rack
Do you have to carry heavy loading, overhaul and / or transshipment freight? Then Flat Racks are the most suitable. Flat Racks have collapsible end frames, lashings on the rails at the bottom and corner supports that protect the load with tires or chains.
What to do with temperature-sensitive products?
When a container transports temperature-sensitive products, such as food, films, plants or pharmaceutical products, it is of course important that the right temperature is kept. This is done in so-called reefer containers that contain cooling units on the side of the container. Cold or warmer air then constantly circulates around the load. This ensures the quality of the cargo throughout the journey.
Open top container
These containers do not have a solid roof but are covered with waterproof tarpaulin that is fastened with ropes. In addition, an open top container has lashings on the inside so that the load will not slide. Well suited for over-height and / or long loads.
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