What’s a 20′ container?
A shipping container is a container with strength suitable to withstand shipment, storage, and handling. In the context of international shipping trade, “container” or “shipping container” is virtually synonymous with intermodal freight container, which means a container designed to be moved from one mode of transport to another without unloading and reloading. In our shipments of rice, for example, we load our rice packages in these containers for the first transport by truck, then they go loaded in a vessel for the international ocean freight, which can be transshipped to another vessel or even more than one, till it reaches the final destination, where our customers unload the products at the port or, in most cases, transport the entire container by truck or rail to their warehouse where they unload them. So usually we use at least three different carries for the entire transportation but only one container, the same container from the origin to the final destination.
The most common size of container we use for our exports is the 20′ , which is the most standard-sized option that can be easily transferred between different modes of transportation, such as ships, trains and trucks. This size is also known as TEU, which means twenty-foot equivalent unit. But actually a TEU reffers only to an unit of cargo capacity instead of the container itself. It is often used to describe the capacity of container for than the container itself. It an unit measure based on the volume of the 20-foot-long (6.1 m) intermodal container itself.
Dimensions of a 20′ Container
|6.058 m||2.438 m||2.591 m|
The containers or the containerization process has its origins in the beginning of late 18th century in the coal mines of England and it revolutionized the entire world logistics system. It is one of the big responsible tools for the globalization of the worldwide transportation and import – export transactions.