How Big is a Shipping Container?

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The answer to this question depends on how you define a shipping container. International shipping companies refer to standard intermodal freight containers nearly always when using the common term “shipping container”, although shipping containers can refer to a broad range of containers that are durable enough to remain intact and secure during transit and handling.

These characteristics of shipping containers are critical to the shipping industry and ensure that manufacturers, businesses and consumers receive the goods they need intact and on time. Since much of how goods are moved around the world happens behind the scenes for most people, it can be easy to take for granted just how much shipping containers matter.

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What Is a Gaylord Box?

Have you heard the term Gaylord box and thought, “What in the world is that”? Don’t worry! You’re not alone. The term Gaylord box is commonly used in the shipping industry and has evolved over the years from being just one type of box to being a term that encompasses a range of box products.

Simply put, a Gaylord box is basically a bulk-size corrugated box. Traditionally, Gaylord boxes are large or bulk size and allow for the shipment of products in a large, single container or on a pallet. Continue reading…

Popular IBC Tote Dimensions

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Storage and shipping can often present a large cost to any company. Luckily, there are numerous options on the market today that can safely and securely store precious cargo and can also provide a cost-saving shipping option.

Where convenience is currency, it is essential to have an item that is versatile, functional, and secure. The IBC tote is just one of these items, providing companies with safe and secure storage while making it easy to move from one point to another.

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Most Common Shipping Pallet Measurements

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The pallet may seem like a simple, inconspicuous object, but, since its introduction in the twentieth century, the pallet revolutionized the way goods were shipped. The use of pallets has dramatically supplanted older forms of crating, like the wooden box and the wooden barrel, as it works well with modern packaging like cardboard boxes, corrugated boxes, and intermodal containers, commonly used for bulk shipping.

For an invisible object, they are everywhere: There are said to be billions circulating through the global supply chain, with two billion in the United States alone. Some 80 percent of all U.S. commerce is carried on pallets. So widespread is their use that they account for, according to one estimate, more than 46 percent of total U.S. hardwood lumber production.

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How Vermiculite Is Used for Commercial Shipping

Vermiculite, a versatile hydrous phyllosilicate mineral

You may have heard the term vermiculite, but were you aware of its numerous uses and benefits? This common mineral has been used for years, in many industries, including construction, industrial, horticulture, and agriculture. In the commercial shipping industry, vermiculite is used as a packing material due to its light weight and absorbent proprieties. It is very versatile and offers many benefits to those looking to ship liquid, hazardous materials, and odd-shaped items.

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How Many Gallons Are in a Tote?

The tote has grown in popularity over the years, and it is easy to see why. Durable, easy to handle, and with a large volume capacity, totes have become the go-to solution for storing and shipping a variety of items.

In the world of international shipping, a tote usually refers to an Intermediate Bulk Container or IBC for short. These cleverly designed containers are built for the transport and storage of bulk liquid and granulated substances, such as liquids, chemicals, food ingredients, solvents, pharmaceuticals, etc. The size and shape of IBCs provide companies with a cost-effective solution to store and transport items, as IBCs take up less space than other items, such as drums. Continue reading…

Should You Use Peanuts for Dangerous Materials?

When shipping dangerous materials by air or sea, it’s important to make sure the product is packaged properly. Improper packaging can cause leaking, which can pose a health concern. That’s why government agencies such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have guidelines in place to protect not only the people who handle the product but the actual product as well. It’s imperative that the product arrives at its intended destination in the same condition that it was in when it left. Continue reading…

Intent for Labels and Placards on a Storage Container

When shipping hazardous materials, it’s important to meet the government regulations. For example, you are required to use appropriate labels and placards on the shipping container. You may also see these visuals on storage containers in a warehouse or factory. But why are they used and what do they mean? Continue reading…

How Many Gallons Are in a Tote?

In the past, companies used drums to store materials such as liquids and powders. However, in recent years, there has been a switch toward totes. Totes – formally called intermediate bulk containers – are mounted on pallets and can be moved by using a forklift or pallet jack. Continue reading…

Shipping Dangerous Goods? Read This Now!

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Putting a simple letter in the mailbox is a fairly easy task. Shipping a dangerous chemical? Not so much.

Shipping hazardous materials can be a challenge because there are so many regulations involved. While the number of rules that must be followed may seem like overkill, these laws are in place for a reason: to keep people safe from potential dangers.

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