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Freight Containers The Future

Thursday, 17th March 2011
The overall design of the freight container has changed very little in the last few years. 20ft , 40ft and 40ft high cube containers still dominate the market either as dry vans or reefers. In recent years 45ft containers have become more prevalent in Europe as their use on the short sea trade increases, although the U.S still sees the majority of this size unit. With rising raw material costs and the ecological and availability issues surrounding hardwood container flooring there have been some prototype shipping container designs entering the market. Bamboo floors and composite structures are undergoing trials with some lines, however the maintenance and repair costs may outweigh any initial savings made at factory. Container transport is also something that is being looked at closely. With rising fuel costs and the ecological implications of hundreds of lorry movements every day many companies are looking to save costs and improve their carbon footprint. The government has intermittently offered incentives to companies utilising alternative methods, rail and container barge traffic is all on the increase. With U.K exports dwindling one thing that seems fairly certain is that freight container stocks here will be less and less. Whilst consumer demand generates inbound traffic many containers are still repositioned empty back to areas with greater export demand.


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