Standard sizes and dimensions for containers
A container is a standardized, metal cargo box used to transport goods. The same international standard dimensions are used worldwide, which is why they can be transferred from ocean-going vessel to train, truck or barge.
TEU is the standard size of a container and stands for Twenty feet Equivalent Unit. Typically, a container is:
- 20 feet (about 6 meters = 1 TEU);
- 40 feet (2 TEU = 1 FEU).
FEU stands for Fourty feet Equivalent Unit. There are also containers of different sizes. In addition to TEUs and FEUs, there are also different types of containers. The most important ones are listed below.
A standard container is made of steel and is designed for piece goods that are not too long, too wide, too high or too heavy, or for bulk goods. A standard container is also called a "dry container."
Do you have heavy cargo to transport? Then Flat Racks are best suited. Flat Racks have collapsible end frames, lashing rings on the rails at the bottom and corner supports to protect the cargo with straps or chains.
When a container carries temperature-sensitive products such as food, films, plants or pharmaceuticals, it is very important that the products remain at the right temperature during transport. This is done in so-called reefers, which contain cooling units on the side of the container. Cold or warmer air constantly circulates around the cargo. In this way, the quality of the cargo remains guaranteed throughout the journey.
These containers do not have a fixed roof, but are covered with waterproof tarpaulin secured with ropes. In addition, an open top container has lashing rings on the inside so that the cargo does not shift. Thus, it is very suitable for overweight and/or long loads.
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