Shipping containers are generally made out of strong gauge steel sheets that are suitably welded and fabricated. These strong containers and are used to transport freight via: water, roads, railways and even air by the use of ships, trucks, trains and cargo planes. They can also be used as storage units. Companies usually pack their products in a shipping container, get it checked for customs, seal it and then ship it out it. This makes sure that the freight arrives in a safe condition and any threat of pilferage or in-transit damage is removed or at least greatly reduced.
There are various types, shapes and sizes of shipping containers that are used throughout the world. Some of these types are: standard containers, high cube containers, general purpose containers, tank containers, ISO containers, insulated containers, refrigerated containers, dry bulk containers, named cargo types, thermal containers, specific purpose containers, closed ventilated, open top containers, platform containers, and heated containers, etc.
With all of these shipping containers available you will have no problem shipping any type of freight such as chemicals, hazardous materials, food products, agricultural products, raw materials, pharmaceutical products, perishable goods, milk, ice cream, fruits, vegetables, and liquids, etc. Refrigerated containers have suitable devices to keep perishable items at a constant temperature.
When selecting what type of container to use for your shipping needs you should look at the type of liners that are available in the containers for insulation purposes. There are different types of liners available such as standard woven liners, aluminum barrier liners, roll-off assembly liners, and dewatering container liners.
Roll-off assembly liners are ideal for leak, odor, and dust control and can usually be installed by one worker. Dewatering container liners can also be installed by one person and are used to transport liquid. They are also disposable. Standard woven liners are made of either polyethylene or polypropylene and are quick to install. An aluminum barrier liner will keep the humidity level of the container below 40 percent and is ideal for powdered goods.
The shipping containers are also selected by their rating, which is the maximum weight the container can carry including: its weight, tare mass which is the weight of the empty container, payload which is the maximum weight the container can carry, and the internal volume, etc.