Cargo shipping containers are responsible for carrying every imported and exported commodity you can think of - running the gamut from coffee beans to a pair of shoes. All products in any shape or form travel across oceans by boat or plane and land by truck or train in these cargo shipping containers.
They became a necessity for manufacturers of goods due to its vast storage space. In effect, they became capable of transporting more volume more efficiently - allowing decreased product delivery times, safety of their goods, and a cost effective solution. Evidently, shipping by use of cargo containers is currently one of the most lucrative business industries in the modern day world. Next time you're near a port, take a look out into the harbor and you'll see for yourself.
Contrary to when these shipping containers were first built, they're now constructed for maximum efficiency - the dimensions are perfectly proportioned and standardized to be stacked neatly on cargo ships, trains, airplanes, and on trucks and to facilitate the transfer between any two. In addition, they're now a lot wider, taller, and longer for the obvious reason to store more goods. This has all resulted in the increase of transfer of goods between countries.
The standard available lengths for cargo shipping containers are 10 ft., 20 ft., 40 ft., 45 ft., 48 ft., and 53 ft. The latter two are generally for rail and truck and the remainder are mainly for shipping. The uniformity of containers has also called for the manufacture of trailers designed to perfectly fit cargo containers. Moreover, ships that carry cargo shipping containers are built to carry several hundred more.
The largest producer of cargo containers is China. Due to the gargantuan demand of the shipping industy, cargo shipping container carrier companies have multiplied in recent years. Leading the pack are Moller- Maersk and CMA CGM - the two largest container shipping companies in the world.
Every freeway and highway in the world serve the transportation needs for these cargo containers to reach their destinations.