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ContainersContainers - Containers come in lots of shapes and sizes and can be used for a range of things but mostly for things like storage. We've tried to cover the more popular containers like the Container Store company and storage containers.

Moving containers or containerization is an important element of the innovations in logistics that revolutionized freight handling in the 20th century. See more.

Containerization is a system of intermodal cargo transport using standard containers that can be sealed and loaded onto container ships, railroad cars, and trucks. Containerization has revolutionized cargo shipping. Today, approximately 90% of non-bulk cargo worldwide moves by containers stacked on transport ships; 26% of all containers originate from China.

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The service of moving containers could be by railroad. Therefore, a container is trucked from loading points and rail terminals, and placed on the train. If the loading and unloading points are close to a major metropolitan population center, the cost will not vary much. Working around the train operation is the key. If your shipment is far away from the railroad terminal, it will cost over a thousand dollars just to truck your container (and your shipment) from the rail terminal to your loading/unloading point. In fact, if your location is enough distance away from the rail terminal, it may cost you more to get your shipment from the rail terminal to your unloading point, than the whole trip by railroad can cost.

The are also seagoing moving containers such as these that are used to replace the rental truck or to move your belongings domestically or overseas. They are also available for storage in 10', 20', 40', 48' and 53' sizes. This eliminates the process of unloading from truck to storage locker and reloading the truck for it's final destination.

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Wikipedia - Containerization: Use of standard ISO containers (also known as isotainers) for cargo

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Moving Storage Containers

There are three common standard lengths for moving containers, 20 ft, 40 ft and 45 ft. Container capacity is measured in twenty-foot equivalent units. A twenty-foot equivalent unit is a measure of containerized cargo equal to one standard 20 ft. (length) 8 ft. (width) 8.5 ft. (height) container (approximately 40.92 m3).

Improved cargo security is also an important benefit of moving containers. The cargo is not visible to the casual viewer and thus is less likely to be stolen and the doors of the containers are generally locked (or rather "sealed") so that tampering is more evident. This has reduced the "falling off the truck" syndrome that long plagued the shipping industry. The advent of "double-stacked" container transport has changed the entire intermodal freight distribution industry in North America. It has resulted in more cost-effective, secure and reliable freight shipments, and provided domestic intermodal rail capacity that could not otherwise have been possible.

Use of the same basic sizes of containers across the globe has lessened the problems caused by incompatible rail gauge sizes in different countries. Most of the trains in the world operate on 1435 mm (4 ft 8 in) gauge track known as standard gauge but many industrialized countries like Australia, Russia, Finland and Spain use broader gauges while many countries in Africa and South America use narrower gauges on their networks. The use of container trains in all these countries makes shipment between different gauge trains easier, with automatic or semi-automatic equipment. Wikipedia

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Portable storage and moving containers

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