16 Types of Container Units and Designs for Shipping Cargo

Container units form the most integral part of the entire shipping industry, trade, and transport. These shipping containers are the structures that store various kinds of products that need to be shipped from one part of the world to another using different types of container ships.

Moving containers protect contents on the long journeys they make and ensure they make it back to you in one piece.

As such, depending on the type of products to be shipped or the special services needed from them, container units may vary in dimension, structure, materials, construction etc. various types of shipping containers are being used today to meet the requirements of all kinds of cargo shipping.

Some of the most common types of shipping containers in use today are mentioned below.

1.  Dry storage container

The most commonly used shipping containers; come in various dimensions standardized by ISO. They are used for shipping dry materials and come in the size of 20ft, 40 ft and 10ft.

shipping containers

2. Flat rack container

With collapsible sides, these are like simple storage shipping containers where the sides can be folded so as to make a flat rack for shipping a wide variety of goods.

Flat rack container

3. Open top container

With a convertible top that can be completely removed to make an open-top so that materials of any height can be shipped easily.
Open top container

4. Tunnel container

Container storage units are provided with doors on both ends of the container, they are extremely helpful in quick loading and unloading of materials.
Tunnel container

5. Open side storage container

These storage units are provided with doors that can change into completely open sides providing a much wider room for loading of materials.

Open side storage container

6. Double doors container

They are a kind of storage unit that is provided with double doors, making a wider room for loading and unloading of materials. Construction materials include steel, iron etc in standardized sizes of 20ft and 40ft.

Double doors container

7. Refrigerated ISO containers

These are temperature regulated shipping containers that always have a carefully controlled low temperature. They are exclusively used for the shipment of perishable substances like fruits and vegetables over long distances.

Refrigerated ISO containers
Image for representation purpose only

 

8. Insulated or thermal containers

These are the shipping storage containers that come with a regulated temperature control allowing them to maintain a higher temperature.

The choice of material is so done to allow them a long life without being damaged by constant exposure to high temperatures. They are most suitable for long-distance transportation of products.

Insulated or thermal containers

9. Tanks

Container storage units are used mostly for the transportation of liquid materials, they are used by a huge proportion of the entire shipping industry. They are mostly made of strong steel or other anti-corrosive materials providing them with long life and protection to the materials.

Tanks

10.  Cargo storage roll container

A foldable container, is one of the specialized container units made for purpose of transporting sets or stacks of materials. They are made of thick and strong wire mesh along with rollers that allow their easy movement. The availability of a range of coloured wire meshes makes these shipping container units a little more cheerful.

Cargo storage roll container

11. Half height containers

Another kind of shipping container includes half height containers. Made mostly of steel, these containers are half the height of full-sized containers. Used especially for good like coal, stones etc which need easy loading and unloading.

Half height containers

12.  Car carriers

Car carriers are container storage units made especially for the shipment of cars over long distances. They come with collapsible sides that help a car fit snugly inside the containers without the risk of being damaged or moving from the spot.

Car carriers

13. Intermediate bulk shift containers

These are specialized storage shipping containers made solely for the purpose of intermediate shipping of goods. They are designed to handle large amounts of materials and are made for the purpose of shipping materials to a destination where they can be further packed and sent off to the final spot.

Intermediate bulk shift containers

14. Drums

As the name suggests, circular shipping containers, made from a choice of materials like steel, lightweight metals, fibre, hard plastic etc. are most suitable for bulk transport of liquid materials. They are smaller in size but due to their shape, may need extra space.

Drums

15.  Special purpose containers

Not the ordinary containers, these are the container units, custom made for specialized purposes. Mostly, they are used for high profile services like the shipment of weapons and arson. As such, their construction and material composition depend on the special purpose they need to cater to. But in most cases, security remains the top priority.

Special purpose containers

16.  Swap bodies

They are a special kind of container used mostly in Europe. Not made according to the ISO standards, they are not standardized shipping container units but are extremely useful all the same. They are provided with a strong bottom and a convertible top making them suitable for shipping many types of products.

Swap bodies

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References: out-backstorage, shipping-container-housing, shipping-worldwide

55 Comments

  1. Hi, I am Till now job private containers depot experience of five years. Shipping line is more more large. I will got more known of containers type & parts.

  2. I’m a Marine surveyor in Margarita Island here in Venezuela, US Citizen, and looking at your Web Site was impressed by Your Marine Container List,
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  3. Thanks Smita for this really great sharing! Love the compact information you provide here for everyone!

  4. Hi
    I have a goods delivery note for my equipment that are shipping in our factory. In this file has been mentioned 2*40’FF for shipping kind of equipment. Could you tell me what is the meaning of FF abbreviation?
    Thanks

  5. I need to ship the Man truck head and some cars need help with that .
    First time shipper.

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  11. There are many shipping containers that serve different purposes. It’s common knowledge that shipping containers come in different sizes, the most common being 20′ and 40′ containers; what many people don’t think about is that there are several types of shipping containers, each designed for different uses. This is very helpful. Thanks for the additional information.

  12. the Insulated or thermal containers, are they used for the purpose of transporting goods that will not fair well with high temperature? The note says that they are design to maintain high temp.

  13. Thanks for good information. What are the 3D dimensions of all the containers you mentioned? Please reply or forward link. Thanks

    Ned

  14. I often go walking around the harbor. There is a large dock where a lot of the shipping occurs. I am always amazed with how many different shipping containers there are. I didn’t realize that there are insulated containers that regulate temperature control to there is no damage to sensitive materials. I’ll remember that next time I go for a walk.

  15. Thanks for the information on the many different kinds of shipping units. I am really interested in shipping a car from Japan to the United States and have been thinking about which containment unit would be best for the job. I honestly might just use a large shipping crate and tie it down inside so that it does not bounce around. Thanks for the help!

  16. Thanks for sharing these good information. These 16 types of container really useful during any kind of shipment.Like packing vehicles and others thing for safe shipment. Keep sharing such kind of useful things.

  17. Nice blog. Worth reading. shipping containers can be used for multi purpose depending upon their size, type and your requirements. Thank you so much for sharing this information.

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  19. Thanks for the information on the many different kinds of shipping units.Thanks to sharing this good information these 16 types of containers.

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  21. Nice article! In my opinion, There are many shipping containers that serve different purposes. It’s common knowledge that shipping containers come in different sizes, the most common being 20′ and 40′ containers; what many people don’t think about is that there are several types of shipping containers, each designed for different uses. This is very helpful. Thanks for the additional information.

  22. Very useful & interesting article! In regular base will use very few options from above & I don’t think even any body acknowledged these types of shipping containers which are in marine industry, each designed for different end uses. Thanks for the valuable information.

  23. Nice Blog!! The content you have shared is very elaborative and informative. Thanks a lot for sharing such a great piece of knowledge with us.

  24. I like that you talked about the tunnel container and how it is easy to load and unload items there due to how it can be used. I guess I will be choosing this when we need one for the move that we will have. It will be perfect since we have large items such as the grand piano which might be hard to move.

  25. Superb information. You have covered all types of shipping containers. Shipping containers comes in 6 foot to 53 foot sizes.

  26. I’m trying to ship some pictures and books to Addis Ababa ethiopia it’s about 200 lb what is the best way to ship it on a cargo?

  27. In this article we are know the importance of shipping in our day to day life. Thanks for sharing this article.

  28. Thank you for sharing this information. I am into transport & logistics company.
    I would like to receive updates and or your future articles. Many thanks.

  29. never new so many different kinds of container existed and I work in the industry with Lumper HQ

  30. I am third student at University of Johannesburg, the insight shared in this blog is useful keep up the good work.

  31. What .Meaning in container undar custam seal in for F/BV, CN/CCS , GB-LR, D-HH / GL meaning please tell me

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