Everything you need to know about intermodal containers

Standard or intermodal container

Everything you need to know about intermodal containers

Innovation in intermodal containers caused a revolution in international trade in the middle of the last century. The use of intermodal containers in logistics delivery verification has changed paradigms in recent decades. The use of containers allows the use of different modes of transport without transhipment. With containers, it is possible to save time and money.

Intermodal transport involves the use of different types of transport. This type of transport is an extremely good choice, especially for moving loads over long distances. In logistics, intermodal or ISO containers are key to achieving geostrategic goals while maintaining and improving the operation of the entire chain life.

Universal or a standard or intermodal container, also known as an ISO container, is a large standardized container intended to store goods in combined (intermodal) transport. So, therefore, transport involving transhipment by different means of transport by road, rail and shipping. Standardization has increased efficiency and offers to use the same infrastructures to handle a variety of goods. In aviation, lighter, t.i. ULD aluminium containers. ULD (unit load device) is an aluminium container or pallet for use in aviation.


Such standardization includes:

  • Structural integrity
  • Quality to withstand different weather conditions
  • The right size and longevity


Due to their standard sizes, they can be easily used by rail, road or sea. ISO containers can be as long as 20 feet or 40 feet with different widths and heights. The most common dimensions available on the market are:

  • 1 TEU: 20ft x 8ft x 8ft6 "
  • 2 TEU: 40ft x 8ft x 8ft6 "
  • High cube: 20ft x 8ft x 9ft6 "


TEU (eleven. Equivalent unit of twenty feet) is a unit for marking the capacity of container ships and container terminals. It is based on a volume of 20 foot long containers.



 In the next article, we write for you about the types of intermodal containers. 

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