How Does Container Shipping Work?

What is a Shipping Container?

Shipping containers are large steel boxes, usually rectangular, that are used to transport cargo around the world. Because they are made of steel, they are both sturdy and easily transportable with the right equipment. The standard shipping container is 40 feet long, offering a sizable amount of space for both personal and commercial cargo shipping. Each of the eight corners of a container has a fitting for stacking and securing the container, making them even easier to store and transport. 

What Do Shipping Containers Hold?

Shipping containers hold all types of cargo, from household goods like clothing and furniture to cargo goods for a wide variety of industries including medical supplies, hardwood, electronics and more. Because this type of shipping is so universal, logistics managers can use shipping containers for most types of shipments.

How Does Shipping These Containers Work?

When cargo is being transported from one place to another, there are three parties involved in the process. Using international shipping as an example, the three parties involved are: importer, exporter and the logistics manager. The importer’s job is to receive the cargo and welcome it safely to its final destination. The exporter is in charge of sending the cargo from its origin to the importer. Finally, the logistics manager is responsible for overseeing and planning the entire shipping process including managing the timeline, figuring out the best way to move the cargo depending on the shipping type, budget constraints, mode of transport and the capabilities of both the importer and exporter. There are many details of a given shipment for the logistics manager to figure out in order to have a successful shipment so choosing an experienced logistics manager is often the best decision a client can make.

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