Shipping containers are known by many different names: conex, cargo container, sea van, dry box, freight containers, etc. In the container industry, they are referred to as ISO Containers or Intermodal Containers. But what exactly does that mean?
ISO or Intermodal Containers are a large standardized shipping container, designed and built for intermodal freight transport, meaning these containers can be used across different modes of transport – from ship to rail to truck – without unloading and reloading their cargo.
Containers must conform to ISO specifications. These standards relate directly to how the containers are built and to guarantee they will withstand extreme environments. It also ensures the containers meet the size and durability requirements, which allow them to be stacked safely and uniformly on steamships and railcars.
This is true for all containers from the shipping container, regardless of original door configuration.