Freight is moved around the world at an incredible rate every day and throughout the year.
While air freight is still a popular (and fast) option, for many companies, investing in shipping via the sea can be must more cost-effective solution for products that are not reliant on a fast turnaround.
Why Shipping Containers?
Shipping containers have been a popular option for all kinds of businesses for many years now. These strong metal boxes are generally uniform in size and shape, making processing them at ports much faster and easier.
There is even a new trend for people who buy used shipping containers to turn into bespoke new houses to live in! Shipping containers are very popular with the Tiny House Movement, and they can make excellent dwellings when fully converted.
Here are five things you probably did not know about shipping containers.
High-Security Bolt Seals Are Needed
While shipping containers are generally very secure due to their strong construction, it is important to use high security bolt seals to prevent unwanted intrusion.
The use of bolt seals is also a requirement for most customs, especially those signed up to the World Customs Organization’s Framework of standards.
You Might Need A Dehumidifier Inside
Shipping containers are waterproof and water-resistant, but that means that they can suffer from condensation issues due to their lack of ventilation.
Containers that get hot and cold may make the contents inside damp.
These problems can be negated with the use of simple dehumidifiers inside, or you can choose to upgrade your containers with a spray anti-condensation coating.
Painting Your Container Can Extend Its Life
Due to a shipping container’s metal construction, rust and corrosion can be an issue.
You can get around this problem and keep your container in better condition by regularly repainting the outside to ensure a strong seal.
Shipping Containers Aren’t as Heavy as You Thought
Shipping containers are heavy, but it may surprise you to know that they are not as heavy as most people think they are.
A 20-foot container usually weighs around 2.5 tons, with a 40-foot container weighing about 4 tons, which is only twice as heavy as an average family car and around the weight of an average African Elephant.
Shipping containers are relatively lightweight for their size, although they can hold an incredible load due to their strong steel frame.
Containers Are Waterproof and Water Tight
Have you ever heard the stories of shipping containers washing up on beaches? It does not happen very often, but if a ship containing shipping containers capsizes, there is a chance your container could wash up on a beach somewhere down the line.
Shipping containers are watertight and waterproof, ensuring they can withstand the ocean’s harsh weather on their journeys.
This does not mean they are fully submersible, though, and although your container may wash up on a beach somewhere, it is very unlikely that the contents will survive being dropped into the ocean.