20ft ISO Shipping Container | 20ft Storage Container | 20ft Intermodal Container

20ft ISO Shipping Container | 20ft Storage Container | 20ft Intermodal Container

Published In : 13-October-2023

Containers are a standardized reusable “steel box” used for the safe, efficient and secure storage and movement of materials and products within a global containerized intermodal freight transport system. “Intermodal” implies that the container can be moved from one mode of transport to another without unloading and reloading the contents of the container.

The standardized steel shipping container has its origins in the 1950’s when commercial shipping operators and the US military started developing such units. ISO Standards for containers were published between 1968 and 1970.

A typical 20ft shipping container or 20’ storage container is 8’W x 8’6”H. They are constructed of corrugated steel panels (usually COR-TEN steel). COR-TEN steel is made up of a group of steel alloys. It was developed to eliminate the need for painting, and form a stable rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years. They have lockable double cargo doors on one end as well as 1-1/8” thick marine plywood flooring. Get a free Quote.

There are variations of 20ft shipping containers or 20’ storage containers as well. Some are equipped with double cargo doors at both ends. Some are taller than the standard 8’6”H. They are referred to as “high cube” containers. The “high cube” containers are 9’6”H. They are not as readily available as the standard height containers. There are also 20’ containers that are referred to as “open top” containers and “open side” containers. The “open top” containers literally have no roof. The usually have a tarp that covers the opening that can be secured to the top of the container. The “open side” containers have doors on one or both sidewalls. They are not very common.

The 20ft shipping containers or 20’ storage containers usually remain in shipping service (internationally) for about 7-10 years. When they come out of shipping service, they are utilized for a multitude of applications in the aftermarket. The most common use is general storage. They are very often seen at construction job sites, retail businesses and residences. They are easily maneuverable and can fit in a standard parking space. Some of the more creative uses include repurposing the containers for commercial use, office space, hunting camps, storm shelters and housing to name a few.

Containers are usually available in most port areas as well as many inland areas throughout the country. Containers come in many sizes. However, the 20’ container is one of the more versatile sizes available.

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