A shipping, or also known as an intermodal container, is a large standardized shipping container, designed and built for intermodal freight transport.
This basically means that these containers can be used across different modes of transport – from ship to rail to truck – without unloading and reloading their cargo. Intermodal containers are primarily used to store and transport materials and products efficiently and securely in the global containerized intermodal freight transport system, but smaller numbers are in regional use as well.
These containers are known under a number of names and in the main the following types are used:
Standard and General Purpose Dry Containers (20’, 40’, 40’ HQ, 45’)
Open Top Containers (20’, 40’)
Flat-rack Containers (20’, 40’)
Refrigerated or Temperature Controlled Containers (20’, 40’ & 40’ HQ)