Container Guide


Consolidating pieces of freight into a single cargo transport unit for easier handling led to the widespread use of freight containers for sea, rail, air and road transport.

Sea Freight  


Standardization in maritime shipping is based on container length. The most usual container lengths are 20' or 40' feet long, while the usual container types are General Purpose, Reefer, Open Top, Flat Rack, and Bulk (dry and wet).


There are many other container types and sizes, with non-standard configurations. Our auctions offer the most common types and sizes, used for either full-container loads (FCL), or less-than-container loads (LCL), the latter used for consolidation of multiple cargoes.

The versatility of maritime containers made them the most important cargo transport unit for the multimodal logistics of today.

Specifications of seagoing container types follow ISO 668 and ISO 1496-1. They allow for some measurements tolerance, so the actual values may differ according to the manufacturer or shipping line. Be sure to inquire about precise details from your carrier when you arrange for a shipment.


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Unit Load Devices  


Airfreight uses cargo transport units known as Unit Load Devices (ULD). Many types and shapes of ULD fit the unique requirements of aircraft holds, including refrigerated ULD. All conform to standards established by the International Airline Transport Association (IATA).

ULD come in two common types: containers and pallets. Many cargo aircraft configurations allow a combination of these types with various sizes.

The maximum accepted weight (payload) varies by aircraft type and the particular container or pallet build-up. The same goes for pallets volumes. These also vary according to lower deck or main deck loading.

The actual dimensions may differ according to the manufacturer or aircraft type. Below you find the most usual ULD and their specifications.

Your forwarder or carrier is best equipped to assist you in choosing the most suitable ULD for your needs.

P1P, PAG

P1P, PAG
P6P, PMC

P6P, PMC
PGA

PGA

LD3, AKE, AVE

<br>LD3, AKE, AVE

LD9, AAP

<br>LD9, AAP

M1, AMA

<br>M1, AMA
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