How Does Container Shipping Work?


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Steve Theunissen Profile
Nowadays the standard container is either twenty or forty feet long (about 6 or 12 meters) and eight feet (2.4 meters) wide. It looks like the enclosed van of a truck-trailer, but without wheels. It is built to withstand the effects of being moved fully loaded by cranes, forklift trucks or other equipment.

Shipping agencies and shipowners rent whole containers to merchants or collect several smaller shipments together to fill one container destined for the same port. These are transported to and from the docks by means of specially designed railroad flatcars, as well as low trailers towed by truck.

The shipments have a considerably better chance to remain undamaged, since, during the journey, the individual pieces do not have to be moved one by one. The danger of going astray is not so great either, as the entire container is clearly addressed to the port of destination, and it is not easy to lose a 20- or 40-foot box.

On the docks, this has meant a revolution in the pace of loading. At a fully equipped container port, a container ship may be unloaded, reloaded and ready for the return trip within a day, whereas a conventional cargo liner, with half the capacity, could require a week or more for turnaround. A single container ship may thus replace four or more conventional cargo carriers.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Loading vehicles on cargo planes is the most expensive method of automobile
transportation. Though there are companies that cater cross country car transport, this
method is often not the preferred option of the majority of automakers and
individuals who want to transport their cars. However, this is the standard
practice in the field of military combat missions and US government officials,
particularly the president, during his out-of-country trips.
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Joyce Bennett answered

My experience with shipping household goods across the world is that it takes anywhere from a month to three months to get to your location overseas. Depending on the moving company, your stuff should arrive intact, but I have heard stories of people whose goods were
damaged. Sometimes, shipping containers get turned away, so you want to make sure that you go with a company that understands the laws and requirements (source).

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