Cargo containers are high-strength metal containers that are made in standard lengths of 20 feet and 40 feet.
Other names for cargo containers include shipping containers, sea containers and c-containers.
Standard sizes and uses of cargo containers
The standard sizes of cargo containers allows them to be moved easily from truck to rail or ship. This is known as inter-modal shipping, because the cargo is moved by more than one mode of transportation. Carriers that ship goods long distances by train or internationally by ocean-going vessel use cargo containers.
Shipments can be a full container load (FCL) or partial container load (PCL). Freight shipping is typically less expensive when it travels by rail or ship, because the transit time is significantly greater than moving freight by truck or air.
Get the best cargo container freight rate
FreightCenter arranges pickup and delivery of container freight for commercial and residential shippers. We work with an extensive network of companies that specialize in container freight shipping. Whether you have a FCL or PCL, our booking agents can find the right carrier at a great rate.
To get started with your next container shipment, contact a member of our elite team of shipping experts at 800.716.7608.