One of the things virtually every industry utilizes at some point or another is shipping services and the used or new shipping containers that go along with it. That’s made the shipping industry one of the biggest economically on the entire planet. In fact, shipping constitutes roughly 90% of the world?s trade and in the United Kingdom it accounts for more of the GDP than restaurants, takeaway food, and civil engineering combined.
Whether you’re sending a one-time personal package, run an E-commerce business that’s consistently sending out shipments, or a commercial company in need of large used containers for sale there are different materials to suit specific needs. Here are just three of the many options you have to choose from when looking for new shipping containers.
1.) Corrugate/Cardboard: Corrugate is a material that commonly gets confused with cardboard. While the materials are similar on the surface, there are specific differences in their makeup. Regardless, when it comes to new shipping containers both these materials can serve similar functions. Great for the personal package, small items, and things that don’t necessarily need a great deal of protection/security. They’re cheap, easy to find, and efficient.
2.) Custom: Custom containers can come in many shapes and sizes, as the name would suggest. In terms of the shipping industry this typically refers to units that are made to ship sensitive, fragile, or delicate products, such as weapons or high-tech devices. These types of containers feature cushioning on the inside to protect the products as well as special handles, locks, and various other features that will make the process easier and more efficient.
3.) Steel: Steel shipping containers are what most people think of when they here commercial shipping. These are the big, steel, rectangular almost Lego-block looking containers, also known as twenty-foot equivalent units. Used in commercial, industrial, and manufacturing industries the United States imported over 17 million of them in 2010 alone, according to the latest available data from the World Shipping Council.
Right now there are approximately 20 million containers crossing the world. As long as there is society and functioning economies, there will be a thriving shipping industry acting as the unseen lifeblood behind it.