Container Types

Container Types

Previously we have spoken about container grades. But what type of containers do you get?

There are three types:

  • general purpose or “dry van”
  • refrigerated containers or “reefers”
  • special equipment

Dry van or general-purpose containers are the steel containers used to transport most cargo. These come in 3 meters (10 foot), 6 meters (20 foot) and 12-meter (40 foot) lengths and are the most common types of containers available.

Refrigerated containers are made in 6 meter and 12 meters only.

Special equipment such as flat racks and open tops come in both 6 & 12 meter, while tank containers come in 6 meters only.

In the next instalment we will talk about some other variations that are available but are less commonly seen.

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