Shipping Containers

Send your cargo safely with a freight container

Whether you're a business owner who deals in shipping on a daily basis, or you simply need to get a particular item from point A to point B, choosing the right shipping containers can make all the difference in making ensuring that your parcel or delivery arrives at its desired location intact and undamaged.

There are numerous factors that go into choosing a shipping container—such as whether you need padded or insulated shipping containers, and what type of material to use—so it's a good idea to take the time to understand the different types and weigh your options against your inventory or product.

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Large-Scale Shipping Containers

If you're shipping large quantities of goods (for example, if you're a retail-merchandise supplier or deal in especially large items, like cars or furniture), you're going to need large, durable shipping containers. A freight container (also known as a cargo container) may be a smart choice. These large steel shipping containers are perfect for international travel and can be used on boats, tractor-trailers and planes—just be sure to research the guidelines for each method.

High-quality large-scale shipping containers are a big investment, so you may want to look at other options as well. Rental or used shipping containers can help you save money without compromising on quality.

Small-Scale Shipping Containers

For shipping smaller items, such as letters, gifts, packages or documents, there are many options available. Common choices include:

  • Shipping tubes. Shipping tubes are often used for larger documents that won't fit in standard envelopes. Rolling documents and shipping them in a tube also helps keep pages from creasing.
  • Shipping boxes. Shipping boxes are generally available in cardboard or plastic, although cardboard is still the most popular choice. For shipping heavier things, make sure you use a sturdy corrugated cardboard box to prevent damage to your item.
  • Shipping cases. Shipping cases are generally just specialty plastic shipping containers that are molded to fit certain objects, such as musical instruments, computers or trade show equipment.