Shipping containers are being used in a wide range of different ways, from creating modular classrooms to designer homes and everything in between. But shipping containers were originally designed and created to be used to store and carry cargo. From shipping products around the world to delivering personal belongings when moving to a new house, shipping containers are still the most convenient way to store and transport goods.
Whether you are looking to put your belongings into storage or are wanting to ship products for commercial use, a shipping container is an excellent option. It can keep your goods safe and secure through its sturdy metal construction and secure locking systems. A shipping container has been built to be robust and durable, helping to keep its contents protected from thieves, vandals, and extreme weather.
If you are intending to ship your goods or belongings, it can be more cost-effective to rent a shipping container instead of buying one, likewise if you have goods to store for a short to medium amount of time.
If you are looking to hire a shipping container, there are three main sizes:
- 10ft x 8ft x 8ft 6inches – volume 560ft²
- 20ft x 8ft x 8ft 6inches – volume 1160ft²
- 40ft x 8ft x 8ft 6 inches – volume 2360ft
If you are wanting to ship goods such as products, it is recommended that you put them on a pallet. This is a useful way to divide up a shipping container. Shipping containers themselves were first developed to make it easier to transport goods in bulk. Instead of having to pick up hundreds of small packages, they meant that these hundreds of small packages could all be picked up at the same time. And this is the same principle with pallets.
Pallets can hold a smaller number of packages, which can then be packed into a shipping container and moved together, making them a useful tool for transporting hundreds if not thousands of packages around the world.
Pallets can normally be moved around by a forklift or unpacked easily once the goods have arrived at their destination.
There are two main pallet sizes – the standard – (1m x 1.2m) and the euro (0.8m x 1.2m).
If you are looking to save as much space as possible in your shipping container as well as time (and, therefore, also money), ensuring that all of the items are palleted as much as possible is recommended.
A 20ft container will hold 9 or 10 standard pallets in one tier of a container and 11 euro pallets. Of course, how many pallets are held vertically depends on the height of the pallet.
Likewise, a 40ft container will be able to hold 20 or 21 standard pallets and 23 or 24 euro pallets.
Packing the Shipping Container
To ensure that you are using the space that you have most effectively, it is also important that you pack it properly. The best strategy to take is to pack the largest items first – pallets or furniture, for example. You can then add the next items in a diminishing size order to ensure that the most fit into the smallest amount of space.