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In this section of your website we focus upon being able to get you good technical support relating to all Shipping Containers. Globally there are many 1000s of companies involved in the industry. As a result the technical information that can be accessed from Shipping Container Trader website will be comprehensive, up to date and free. So that we may direct your enquiry to the right area we have created a directory of resources under separate headings. To help you here’s some background on Shipping Container types.

ISO containers are used to transport freight by road or by rail and ship. This is why they are also referred to as Intermodal Shipping Containers.

There are many different types, and special custom build Shipping Containers feature heavily in the market place. These are usually dimensionally different than standard ISO Shipping Containers, with additional doors, windows, and security.

Dry ISO containers are used for general-purpose transportation. The cargo is loaded from the end of the container. They are totally enclosed, box type containers. These containers are also called cube containers. They are manufactured with a standard height of 8 feet 6 inches, but also with extended heights of 9 feet 6 inches. The last ones are called high cube containers.

Insulated or thermal ISO containers are used to transport chilled and frozen goods. They are also used for temperature sensitive products. These containers have insulated walls but they don't have a refrigeration unit.

Refrigerated, or reefer ISO containers are used when a steady temperature must be maintained during shipping. They are the same as insulated containers but have a refrigeration unit.

Flat racks and platforms are used to transport heavy machinery. They have no sidewalls, but may have end bulkheads. There are also collapsible flat rack containers. They are open sided containers with end bulkheads that can be folded down when the rack is empty.

Open top containers are used to transport heavy, tall or hard to load cargo, and bulk material, such as coal or grain. They are box type containers with no top. They can be loaded from the top or end of the container.

Tank type is used to transport liquid or bulk materials. They are manufactured with a cylindrical tank mounted within a rectangular steel framework. They have the same dimensions as other intermodal containers.

All these containers are manufactured with standard sizes as below.
Width: 8 feet;
Height: 8 feet 6 inches and 9 feet 6 inches;
Length: 20 feet, 40 feet and 45 feet.

Less common lengths include 24, 28, 32, 44, 46, 48, 53, and 56 feet.

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Shipping Container Trader useful industry terminology.

ACEP: Automatic Continuous Examination Programme

AS-IS: This condition should alert the buyer that there might be damage to the container that could be expensive to repair.

CW / Cargo Worthy: This quality of container can be used in containerised export shipments. Cargo worthy containers must meet standards of structural strength and be wind and water tight. Containers meeting IICL 5 standards generally are of a better quality than containers showing as just cargo worthy

CSC: International Convention for Safe Containers (1972), the international agreement for maintaining containers in safe condition, and of the Harmonized Interpretation of the CSC with the International Maritime Organization

CSC Plate: Approval of individual containers may be granted where the Administration, after examination and witnessing of tests, is satisfied that the container meets the requirements of the present Convention; the Administration, when so satisfied, shall notify the applicant in writing of approval and this notification shall entitle him to affix the Safety Approval Plate to such container. Certified inspectors can be sourced at

DV / Dry Van: Standard containers simply called Dry Van.

FR or F/R: Flat Rack Container

FOT: Free on truck.

HC / High-Cube / Hi-Cube: Refers to "high-cube" containers that are 9 feet 6 inches high (9'6" / 2.8956 meters)

IMO: International Maritime Organisation

ISO: International Organization for Standardisation

ICS: International Chamber of Shipping

IICL: Institute of International Container Leasers

IICL-5: IICL Guide for Container Equipment Inspection

MGW: Maximum Gross Weight

OT or O/T: Open Top Container

OS: Open Side (curtain side) Container

PES: Periodic Examination System

One Trip: These are new containers that have had one load shipped in them. By allowing a shipper to use the container for a single load, the cost to position a new container into any country is reduced significantly. These savings are passed on to the end user.

SOC: SOC is a Shippers Own Container i.e. you as the shipper own the container rather than using one of the shipping company's containers. Very important that the Shipping Container is CSC plated. See our website

WWT or Wind/Water Tight: This conditional information indicates that the container is dry and suitable for storage. Regrettably, some sellers are using temporary repair methods in order to state that the container is "wind and water tight". Be sure to ask about their methods before you purchase many people end up with sub-standard Shipping Containers.

Warranty: Used containers are normally sold without a warranty. The best protection for a buyer is to purchase containers from a reputable supplier. Shipping Container Trader offers quality suppliers with a total commitment to customer service. If you have questions or concerns please contact us on the telephone number listed.

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