The Different Types of Containers Used for Shipping Trains

When it comes to transporting intermodal cargo, there are several types of containers that can be used. The most common are general-purpose (standard) containers, which are designed to fit the dimensions of a normal shipping container. However, flat racks are another type of container that is less common on train tracks, but more likely to be seen on ships and other forms of international freight transport. Flat racks are partially exposed, making them an ideal choice for shipments that don't fit the standard size.

This allows carriers to use intermodal transport, combining trains for long-distance journeys and trucks for first and last mile deliveries. Tanker containers are much larger than other types of shipping containers and can hold up to 80,000 gallons of liquid. They are often used to transport wood by trucks and trains, allowing timber carriers to strengthen their supply chains and maximize their profitability in this industry. The idea of shipping containers was first conceived by Malcolm McLean, a truck driver who noticed how much time was wasted loading and unloading cargo onto ships.

This inspired him to look into the efficiency of freight transportation, which led to the development of shipping containers with flat shelves. These are used to transport oversized or oddly shaped items that cannot be loaded into a standard shipping container. Shipping containers have revolutionized the way goods are transported by rail and road, further increasing the efficiency of the shipping industry. They come in various sizes and shapes, from general-purpose (standard) containers to flat racks and tanker containers.

Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to choose the right one for your needs. At our company, we can help you with all your shipping needs, no matter where in the world you need to ship your products. We have extensive experience in the industry and can provide you with the best advice on which type of container is best suited for your shipment.

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