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In this section of your website we focus upon being
able to get you good technical support relating to
all Shipping Containers. Globally there are many
1000s of companies involved in the industry. As a
result the technical information that can be
accessed from Shipping Container Trader website will
be comprehensive, up to date and free. So that we
may direct your enquiry to the right area we have
created a directory of resources under separate
headings. To help you here’s some background on
Shipping Container types.
ISO containers are used to transport freight by road
or by rail and ship. This is why they are also
referred to as Intermodal Shipping Containers.
There are many different types, and special custom
build Shipping Containers feature heavily in the
market place. These are usually dimensionally
different than standard ISO Shipping Containers,
with additional doors, windows, and security.
Dry ISO containers are used for general-purpose
transportation. The cargo is loaded from the end of
the container. They are totally enclosed, box type
containers. These containers are also called cube
containers. They are manufactured with a standard
height of 8 feet 6 inches, but also with extended
heights of 9 feet 6 inches. The last ones are called
high cube containers.
Insulated or thermal ISO containers are used to
transport chilled and frozen goods. They are also
used for temperature sensitive products. These
containers have insulated walls but they don't have
a refrigeration unit.
Refrigerated, or reefer
ISO containers are used when
a steady temperature must be maintained during
shipping. They are the same as insulated containers
but have a refrigeration unit.
Flat racks and platforms are used to transport heavy
machinery. They have no sidewalls, but may have end
bulkheads. There are also collapsible flat rack
containers. They are open sided containers with end
bulkheads that can be folded down when the rack is
Open top containers are used to transport heavy,
tall or hard to load cargo, and bulk material, such
as coal or grain. They are box type containers with
no top. They can be loaded from the top or end of
Tank type is used to transport liquid or bulk
materials. They are manufactured with a cylindrical
tank mounted within a rectangular steel framework.
They have the same dimensions as other intermodal
All these containers are manufactured with standard
sizes as below.
Width: 8 feet;
Height: 8 feet 6 inches and 9 feet 6 inches;
Length: 20 feet, 40 feet and 45 feet.
Less common lengths include 24, 28, 32, 44, 46, 48,
53, and 56 feet.
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useful industry terminology.
ACEP: Automatic Continuous Examination Programme
AS-IS: This condition should alert the buyer that
there might be damage to the container that could be
expensive to repair.
CW / Cargo Worthy: This quality of container can be
used in containerised export shipments. Cargo worthy
containers must meet standards of structural
strength and be wind and water tight. Containers
meeting IICL 5 standards generally are of a better
quality than containers showing as just cargo worthy
CSC: International Convention for Safe Containers
(1972), the international agreement for maintaining
containers in safe condition, and of the Harmonized
Interpretation of the CSC with the International
CSC Plate: Approval of individual containers may be
granted where the Administration, after examination
and witnessing of tests, is satisfied that the
container meets the requirements of the present
Convention; the Administration, when so satisfied,
shall notify the applicant in writing of approval
and this notification shall entitle him to affix the
Safety Approval Plate to such container. Certified
inspectors can be sourced at
DV / Dry Van: Standard containers simply called Dry
FR or F/R: Flat Rack Container
FOT: Free on truck.
HC / High-Cube / Hi-Cube: Refers to "high-cube"
containers that are 9 feet 6 inches high (9'6" /
IMO: International Maritime Organisation
ISO: International Organization for Standardisation
ICS: International Chamber of Shipping
IICL: Institute of International Container Leasers
IICL-5: IICL Guide for Container Equipment
MGW: Maximum Gross Weight
OT or O/T: Open Top Container
OS: Open Side (curtain side) Container
PES: Periodic Examination System
One Trip: These are new containers that have had one
load shipped in them. By allowing a shipper to use
the container for a single load, the cost to
position a new container into any country is reduced
significantly. These savings are passed on to the
SOC: SOC is a Shippers Own Container i.e. you as the
shipper own the container rather than using one of
the shipping company's containers. Very important
that the Shipping Container is CSC plated. See our
WWT or Wind/Water Tight: This conditional
information indicates that the container is dry and
suitable for storage. Regrettably, some sellers are
using temporary repair methods in order to state
that the container is "wind and water tight". Be
sure to ask about their methods before you purchase
many people end up with sub-standard Shipping
Warranty: Used containers are normally sold without
a warranty. The best protection for a buyer is to
purchase containers from a reputable supplier.
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with a total commitment to customer service. If you
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