Regardless of a container’s size and weight, FR8Star is here to connect you with qualified brokers and drivers with extensive experience. When shipping a container, consider the following when selecting a hauler and preparing it for shipping.
Best Practices For Transporting Containers
Whether it’s referred to as an intermodal container, a Conex box, or a shipping container, these rigid structures, typically made out of corrugated steel, are built to be universally handled by rail, ship, or truck. Shipping containers come in a variety of standardized dimensions to handle all types of cargo for domestic and international transport. FR8Star’s network of brokers and carriers can safely and securely haul containers—as well as heavy equipment, machinery, and general freight—and can get your cargo from point A to point B without a hassle.
Choose A Transport Method
In the United States, shipping container manufacturers follow size requirements set by the Industrial Standards Organization (ISO); they are available in 20-, 40, and 45-feet lengths. In addition to selecting a container of the suitable length, you’ll also need to choose a container type; some popular options include dry cargo, flat rack, open top, tunnel, and side-open containers.
For ease of delivery on sites without a crane or forklift, shippers can opt for a tilt or tipper trailer, which features a platform and a mechanism (such a hydraulic cylinder to lift the bed or a cable system to move the container) to ease loading and unloading.
There are also container chassis trailers, which are basically metal frames built for 20-, 40-, or 45-foot containers. The comparatively lightweight frames give carrier more flexibility to transport heavy containers. Container chassis trailers are often used to unload and load at docks and rail depots. Flatbed trailers are also an option—and can typically support one 40-foot or two 20-foot containers—but a forklift or crane will be necessary at drop off and pickup.
Get Your Container Ready For Shipping
Whatever your cargo, you’ll want to ensure that contents are well-secured and protected inside the container. Lifts, cranes, and conveyors—despite the operator’s best efforts—can be rough on container cargo. Stacking cargo on a pallet, combined with wrapping and straps, is a good way to secure cargo and prevent damage from shifting. Palletized cargo is also easier and faster to unload. Cushion fragile cargo and brace the pallet, if necessary.
It’s important to distribute the weight evenly across the container’s floor. To prevent movement, fill empty spaces with dunnage, which can be anything from solid plastics to bubble wrap to cushion the cargo. Dunnage can also be used to protect products from moisture and condensation within the container. Share complete cargo and shipment delivery instructions with any carrier to ensure a smooth loading and unloading process.
Get It Shipped With FR8Star
FR8Star’s marketplace automates what used to take hours of work—contacting multiple carriers or brokers and getting a detailed bid—down to minutes, all at no cost to the shipper. Just input your contain size and shop around to get the best possible rate for your container. Beyond comparing bids, shippers can review transport company credentials and read reviews from other FR8Star users. Try FR8Star today and get an instant estimate on your container transport, followed by all-in bids from FR8Star’s trusted network of qualified brokers and carriers.