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Demand for Shipping Containers Skyrockets Due to Covid

By January 29th, 2021 About Containers No Comments
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Like many industries, the shipping business has been rocked by the coronavirus. Shipping containers carry goods to all parts of the world, making them crucial to the global supply chain.  The ever-increasing demand has made it incredibly difficult for manufacturers to keep up the supply.

Since last summer, the coronavirus created an unprecedented demand for delivery by sea. The global science and health communities scrambled for additional supplies and equipment. As the largest shipping container producer in the world, China delivered 2.6 million 20ft containers last year. In a race to meet the sudden spike in demand, more than 70% of those were produced in the second half of 2020.

As Chinese container manufacturers struggle to meet the demand for containers, freight rates to the United States and Europe have hit record highs.  In some cases, they’ve jumped as much as 200% higher than rates in 2019 for 40ft containers. However, since this may be a short term surge in demand, many manufactures are choosing not to produce more. 

Also, the biggest problem may not be the amount of containers in circulation. The global effects of the pandemic on different regions, have created an imbalance in the distribution between markets. While exporters in Asia are looking for any available containers to transport goods, the ports in the United States struggle with a lack of workforce.  In turn, this delays the return of empty containers. The result is a worldwide shortage of containers. 

As production and shipping costs have increased abroad, the same can be said for pricing and availability to end users domestically (here in the US).  The shortage and lack of production for future supply, will continue to create challenges for the industry as a whole.  

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Roll Up Doors Vs Cargo Doors

By October 12th, 2020 About Containers No Comments

Standard shipping containers come with cargo doors on one end, but modifications allow different types of entry doors. One option available, roll up doors allow for quick and easy access on any side of a container. 

Cargo Doors ISO shipping containers for sale come standard with cargo doors on one end. Strong and durable, these heavy-duty double doors made of steel are extremely secure. Weather-tight cargo doors help protect contents from all outside conditions. These doors are heavy with a cam and lock system, so they can be tricky to operate at first. However, once you know how to open and close shipping container doors, they become easy to use. Containers also come equipped with cargo doors on both ends.  They are referred to as “Double Door Containers” or “Tunnel Containers.”

Roll Up Doors

To increase a unit’s functionality, roll up doors have become one of the most popular container modifications. Garage style doors can be added to the end or the side of a unit, creating one or multiple easy access points. Roll up doors are not as secure as cargo doors. However, they are much easier to get into and create a lot more flexibility when loading contents, especially if located on the side. 

Standard roll up doors come in various sizes ranging from 4ft W to 10ft W, but are also available in larger sizes with chain hoists upon request. If a roll up door is installed on a standard height container (8’6”H), the door opening of the roll up door is typically 7ft. If you install a roll up door in a high cube (HC) container (9’6”H), you gain an extra foot (1’) in height for the roll up door opening.  The roll up doors are made of steel and are equipped with a sliding locking clasp. Container Tech also offers heavy duty roll up doors.  They are manufactured from anodized metal aluminum and are watertight. 

If you are looking for easy access to a storage container, roll up doors are an excellent solution.  Please let us know if you are interested in this option for your container.  Please call us today or request an online quote.

Shipping Container Numbers and Markings Explained

By August 3rd, 2020 About Containers No Comments
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The doors of a shipping container are typically covered with various numbers and letters. Each marking provides important information about the transportation, cargo, ownership, and condition of the storage container. Let’s look at the meaning of each marking. 

(1) Container Number – A unique sequence made up of 4 letters and 7 numbers, the container number is displayed on the top right part of the container door. The classification agency ISO ( International Standards Organization) assigns the number to identify the unit internationally. The first 3 capital letters are the Owner Code, which signifies the owner of the container, who also usually brands the unit with their logo and unique paint. One letter following the owner code, the Equipment Category Identifier is either U, J or Z. U denotes a freight container, J refers to attached container related equipment such as a power unit, and Z signifies a trailer or chassis used to carry a container. Next, the Registration Number (or Serial Number) is a sequence of 6 digits, decided by the owner. The (2) Check Digit is the following solo number, the last digit of the container number. This is used to verify the entire identification sequence is accurate. If you search the container number with the BIC (Bureau of International Containers), the matching check digit should appear.

(3) ISO Code – Usually located below the container number, the ISO Code is a sequence of 4 letters or digits that provide information about the dimensions and type of container. The first character signifies the length of the unit and the second character represents the width and height. The third character identifies the container type and the last character indicates a container of reduced strength. Depending on the country, a container is labeled Dry Van (DV), General Purpose (GP), Standard (SD), or Dry Container (DC).

(4) Operational Markings – Operational characteristics of the container are often displayed on the door. The Maximum Gross Weight signifies the most weight the loaded container can carry, which is typically around 30 metric tons. The Container Weight (Tare) also appears, which should be between 4 to 10 metric tons. The Net or Payload is the gross weight minus the tare weight, which is the maximum weight that can be packed into the container. The Maximum Cargo Volume is also displayed below.

(5) CSC Plate – Typically located in the lower left of a unit’s doors, every shipping container used for international transport needs a valid CSC plate to verify good condition and acceptable safety. 

Hydroponic Farming with a Shipping Container

By July 30th, 2020 Creative Uses No Comments
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Shipping containers can be used in a variety of ways, including hydroponic farming. A number of companies are growing vegetables, herbs and other greens in a modified shipping container. They are outfitted with hydroponic systems that produce tremendous results while protecting the environment. 

Hydroponics is a common method of growing that uses nutrient-rich water instead of soil. The roots of the plants are exposed to flowing water and simultaneously exposed to sun simulating light. This process typically uses 90% less water than traditional farming, reducing environmental impact. Indoor hydroponic farming also avoids limitations normally created by nature like extreme weather, pests and limited growing seasons.

cargo container farm can be placed almost anywhere, which closes the gap between the produce and consumer. Eliminating long transportation times, these units provide affordable fresh food to many places lacking a local farming industry. 40ft shipping containers are ideal to maximize production space. If you have any questions about shipping container dimensions and shipping containers for sale, please give Container Technology a call at (877) 670-0229 or complete an online quote request.