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Shipping containers come in all shapes and sizes. There are some that have very specific designs for certain classes of goods. That said, most shipping containers are designed to be all-rounders. They will protect their contents in  transit, for example. They will protect the items stored inside from seaspray and, when locked, they should also only allow access to authorised personnel. Given the many different types it is possible to make use of nowadays, which ones are likely to suit most importers and exporters?

Dry Containers

Some people refer to dry containers as general containers because they are the most widely used type for general cargo. As their name implies, they are designed to keep the goods inside them dry, so they are effective when placed on the back of trucks, onto ocean-going vessels or even when they are stacked in a port waiting for shipment. Like most container types, they come in a range of sizes to suit different consignment volumes.

Double-Door Containers

The use of double-door containers is common for bulkier items of general cargo. In essence, a double-door container is very similar to a dry container. The basic difference is that instead of one set of doors at one end of the container only, there will be a second set at the other end. This means that loading and unloading can take place at either end of the container. Steelwork is often shipped in these sorts of containers where lifting equipment may be needed for unloading. They are also handy when unloading in a location with limited space since the contents can be accessed conveniently from either direction.

High Cube Containers

Shippers of general cargo will sometimes need a little extra capacity in their choice of container, either because the items being stowed are large or because the amount of items being shipped is greater than the norm. Rather than renting a second container, opting for a high cube one instead often makes more economic sense. Essentially, a high cube container is about a foot taller than a standard dry container. This means they have a greater storage capacity for the same container footprint.

Open-Sided Containers

Unlike a conventional shipping container, an open-sided one has doors that will open on one side or the other. This is what you might need if you want to send goods via a shipping container that will not fit through the usual doorway at the end. They are also useful when rapid unloading might be needed when the goods reach their destination.

Of course, there are plenty of other options when it comes to shipping containers nowadays. Whether you have specialist items to import or are exporting general cargo to your clients around the world, Barrington Freight is on hand to guide you with the best shipping methods that will ensure your goods arrive safely without any needless overspend. Why not contact us today to see how we can help?

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