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What Is a Shipping Container?

Understand how Shipping Containers fit into the supply chain

Shipping containers are large, reusable standardized boxes, often made of steel. They are used for moving products between locations and can be moved between different transportation modes without unloading or reloading the container itself. They have a standard width of 8 feet but can range in size from 8 feet to 48 feet long. The standard height for a shipping container is 8 feet 6 inches with a high cube measuring 9 feet 6 inches tall.