It’s interesting that 20 or 40 foot container became the standard only in 1964! Modern transportation cannot be imagined without containers for an obvious reason:
- Container protects the cargo from environmental influences and ensures preservation in any mode of transportation.
- The same container can be moved from one mode of transport to another (from ship to rail or truck) without unloading and reloading the contents of the container.
- Container must be sealed, so only final consignee can open it. Sealed contained guarantees the safety of the cargo and helps to avoid a lot of claims against the carrier.
- Hence, container transportation is very convenient, fast, reliable and affordable.