The term “container” is used for a standardized reusable steel box used for the safe, efficient and secure storage and movement of Automobiles within a global containerized inter-modal freight transport system.
The aggregate container capacity for shipping one unit vehicle is often expressed in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) which is a unit of capacity equal to one standard 20 ft × 8 ft (6.10 m × 2.44 m) (length × width) container. Containerization of cargo is widespread worldwide and most new and expensive cars are now transported by container.
Shipping containers are designed to resist harsh environments, such as on ocean-going vessels or sprayed with road salt while transported on roads. Due to their high strength, containers are useful for secure storage. The container is an internationally standardised packing box for cargo in which goods can be safely stowed away, stored and transported. It is designed for the most efficient use of space and for automobile transportation.
Advantage of shipping by container:
Because the cargo is put into container, there are several immediate advantages such as:
- The cargo can be loaded and discharged much faster than for General Cargo ships. Hence, less time is spent in Port.
- More voyages per year, hence more speedy shipment for the cargo.
- The container ships are usually larger and faster than General Cargo ships.
The greatest advantage of shipping your vehicle in a container is security as it ensures that your car would not be dented and scratched during loading and unloading or knocked about during the sea voyage. At the same time, sealed containers eliminate the risk of having your car’s stereo and other accessories stolen.
Container car shipping service is mainly for those who wish to ship car in a safe and enclosed environment. Japan Shipping Service offer high quality shipping of vehicles in containers. The car can either be exported in 20 feet container (for one car), and in 40 feet container (for 2-3 cars). The cargo will be secured in the container by cables and straps that hold them in place.
Disadvantage of shipping by container:
The only dis-advantage of using container to ship cars is price, as it cost almost double than the roll on roll off shipping.
What shipping method should choose:
If your car is expensive, or new, or even your car is a used one but you want extra care of it, or you want speedy shipment and don’t care for shipping charges, then container shipping is recommend.