The storage container was formally invented only in the 1950s by the American businessman Malcolm McLean, but it did not take much time for it to completely revolutionize the world of shipping and transportation. The invention of a single, standard container that could be loaded onto trucks, trains and ships alike paved the way for much-needed efficiency with regards to transportation. Previously, the lack of a standard meant that goods were individually loaded into separate vehicles each and every time – an obvious waste of time and labour. The use of the freight containers led to the entire process of shipping becoming comparatively cheaper and faster, and this significantly brought down the prices of shipping, opening up the gates of globalization and bringing exotic goods to the masses.
Today, shipping containers for sale Adelaide belong to the ISO standard, meaning that all containers worldwide follow a single, uniform standard with regards to their sizing and specifications. This allows the vehicles of every country to be able to load cargo containers from other countries. At present, there are over 15 million containers worldwide (and yes, they all follow the same standard!). Of course, the ‘same standard’ does not mean that every container is identical; there are a number of different varieties of containers to accommodate the different needs of the goods being shipped in them. Amongst the main varieties of containers are the following:
- The dry storage containers – arguably the most common of all buy shipping containers Melbourne, they are the basic type of container you normally see everywhere. Fully enclosed in steel, they come in different size varieties of ten, twenty and forty feet.
- The flat rack containers – the flat rack containers, as the name suggests, are essentially capable of having their sides folded so as to resemble a rack (i.e. their sides are collapsible). Vehicles and similar products can be shipped in them.
- The open-top containers – these container varieties can have their ceiling removed, thereby allowing for an ‘open top’. The open-top containers are generally used when the products being shipped exceed the height of the container itself, thereby requiring the container to be without a ceiling.
- The tunnel containers – the standard container generally comes with doors on only one side of the container, but when it comes to tunnel containers, doors are found on both sides of the container. This allows for quick loading and unloading of goods.
- The refrigerated containers – and finally, the refrigerated containers come with refrigeration facilities, which allow for careful climate control. They are almost exclusively used for the shipping of perishable goods, most commonly food varieties.