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Distance: 3951.00 km

Pick-up address and date

Germany, Baden-Württemberg, Backnang

29 Jun 2020

Delivery address and date

Spain, Canary Islands, Los Llanos

16 Aug 2020

Shipping containers

Intermodal container is often made of metal and commonly used for transporting package freight. Usually that stands for load that is arranged in smaller packages, bags or boxes. Occasionally package freight is transported on pallets. Shipping containers are frequently used for shipping bulk goods and liquid loads as well as loads that require certain conditions during transport (like cooling).


Construction of a shipping container is vastly strong, which makes it possible to use it many times without the risk of damaging the container. All the shipping containers come with special accessories which allows transport companies to secure it during shipment and also to transport it safely between places. The tools make loading as well as unpacking intermodal containers much easier. 

Shipping containers are particulary used in maritime shipping. Container ships are widely used to ship goods from distant parts of the world, mainly between continents. Intermodal containers do not just enable the items to be conveniently unloaded, but also allow the shipping provider to pile them on top of each other, which saves space.

Container ships are mainly transporting shipping containers between continents, the inland transport is usually done by lorries.


Kinds of intermodal containers

The most popular intermodal container is 20-ft long, which is around 6,1 m. This kind of container is usually called a container 1C. It has around 33 square meters. Dimensions of a 20-foot shipping container are: 5919 x 2340 x 2380 mm.

Other kind of intermodal container is a container 1A, which is 40-ft long and its dimensions are: 2230 x 2438 x 2191 mm. In 1C and 1A containers you can transport around ten pallets. They are often used to transport packed goods.


You can also encounter „open top” versions of the 1A and 1C containers. Their dimensions are akin to ordinary 1A and 1C containers, only they are opened from the top and not from the side. This type of containers is commonly used to ship bulk cargo.


Another type of container is metal „flat rack” container, used mainly to move large cargo with atypical shapes and dimensions. This kind of container is also available in „collapsible” version, which has collapsible sides.


Different kinds of containers are: temperature controlled containers (like refrigerated containers) for loads that are temperature sensitive, tank containers (for transporting liquids), open-side containers as well as many more.


Prices of intermodal container transport


Price of transporting a shipping container hinges on the dimensions of the container as well as the kind of cargo that is being shipped in the container. Additional price-defining factors are: route length and quality and potential extra tasks that the transport provider will need to perform in order to finish the job (e. g. help with loading and unloading).