Sea Shipping Service Container Types | Full Guide

Mina Davoudi Mina Davoudi March 16, 2020 0 Comments
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Learning about your choices of sea shipping service container types can help you pick the most appropriate one . Especially when you are importing from China. This will help you streamline your shipping plan and prevent a costly error by using containers that are unsuitable for your goods. In this article, you can read about the details of types of sea shipping service containers.

There is some basic information that you need to know before you get familiar with sea shipping service container types:

  • The sizes of containers are in feet. 
  • The interior and door dimensions of the containers are usually standard
  • Maximum payloads per container (not specified here) will differ depending on the carrier
  • The material of most containers is steel

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Sea Shipping Service Container Types

The type of container you will need can differ slightly from shipment to shipment, depending on the cargo. What is working for you now might not be working in the future. Check out these eight container types:

Standard Container

Sea Shipping Service Container Types- Standard Container

Standard Containers are fully enclosed structures with solid frames, roof, and floor coverings. For ease of access at least one end wall has a door.

Available sizes (length, width, height):

  • 20 x 8 x 8.6
  • 40 x 8 x 8.6
  • 40 x 8 x 9.6 (high cube)

Hardtop Container

Hardtop Container

Hardtop Containers are specifically for heavier cargo in mind and are built with steel roofs that can be removed for easy packing.

Available sizes (length, width, height):

  • 20 x 8 x 8.6
  • 40 x 8 x 8.6
  • 40 x 8 x 9.6 (high cube)

Flat Rack Container

Shipping Container Types- Flat Rack Container

The third one of the sea shipping service container types is the Flat rack container. Flat racks are stainless steel frame containers, no sidewalls, a wood bottom, and fixed or collapsible end walls.

Available sizes (length, width, height):

  • 20 x 8 x 8.6
  • 40 x 8 x 8.6
  • 40 x 8 x 9.6 (high cube)

Platform Container

Platform Container

A platform container is essentially a floor frame with no side or end walls at all.

Available sizes (length, width, height):

  • 20 x 8 x 8.6
  • 40 x 8 x 8.6

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Open Top Container

Sea Shipping Service Container Types Open Top Container

Open top containers are basically general/standard containers without a rigid roof.

Available sizes (length, width, height):

  • 20 x 8 x 8.6
  • 40 x 8 x 8.6
  • 40 x 8 x 9.6 (high cube)

Reefer Container

Reefer Container

Another one of sea shipping service container types is the Reefer Container. Short for “refrigerated container,” reefers are thermal, compressor-insulated units to either heat or cool the sealed cargo from the container.

Available sizes (length, width, height):

  • 20 x 8 x 8.6
  • 40 x 8 x 8.6
  • 40 x 8 x 9.6 (high cube)

Insulated Container

Sea Shipping Service Container Types Insulated Container

The last one of the sea shipping service container types is the Insulated Container. An insulated container is pretty much similar to the reefer container.

Available sizes (length, width, height):

  • 20 x 8 x 8.6
  • 40 x 8 x 8.6

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