Intermodal Shipping Container
The container is the basic and main equipment for the intermodal transport of goods. With international agreements occurred in ’70s has been achieved the standardization dimensional and volumetric of container, and the diffusion of ISO Container – International Organization for Standardization – for transport by air, sea and land. The use of standard container for international transport, has allowed to increase the volume of goods transported, the reduction of damage to the goods and the improvement of logistics operations in terms of speed of loading and unloading all over the world. The agreements have established that each type of container has:
• standard size;
• homogeneous connections to improve handling in the piers, docks and warehouses around the world;
• a unique number format: 4 letters (first three identify the company owns ), 6 numbers and a final number called check digit, obtained from an algorithm on 4 letters and 6 digits earlier . Currently there are several types of containers used to satisfy all types of goods transportation: Container Box, High Cube Container, Flat Rack Container, Open Top Containers, Refrigerated Containers (Reefer), Garments On Hanger Container.
There are also special containers subject to availability from shipping line such as: Tank-Container and 45’ft containers. The standard ISO containers can also be used for the transport of liquids with structure of a flexible tank installed inside container called Flexitank. Cargomar is able to propose the most suitable solution for customer needs considering all destinations served by the major carriers, the type of goods carried, optimizing time of deliveries and costs.
Guidelines for the proper loading of a Container Maritime
Cargomar announces to all the customers that:
• the size and characteristics indicated below are to be considered only as a guide;
• Each Carrier can have equipment with slightly different measurements;
• it’s compulsory to load the maximum weight indicated on container doors and to respect always the restrictions laid down by the country of importation;
• Cargomar has no responsibility about the mismatch between what is indicated below and the actual dimensions/particularities of the equipment booked;
• it is necessary to take into account the loss of space due to the size of the packages;
• in accordance with the rules of the C-TPAT program and for services related to traffic routes U.S., Cargomar has established procedures for containers inspection used, which must be communicated to the loader;
• it is necessary to inspect the container before loading to verify the absence of damage; • it is necessary that goods are well stuffed and properly secured inside the container;
• the equipment used for stuffing will not damage the container. Example: Do not use heavy forklift to stuff the goods, because they could damage the wood flooring;
• you need to check that your goods are properly packaged to avoid damage from damp or saltiness during sea transport;
• the shipper has to seal the container;
• the stuffing has to occur within the time allowed by the current transport rules;
• in the case frozen, liquid and hazardous goods haulage, it’s necessary to follow the recommendation that our staff will communicate you to avoid stuffing damage.
Container Dimension and Measurement