For the people who does not work in international transportation area, it is very hard for them to understand that container width is an important factor for international business owners to choose container.
Container width becomes an more and more important factor to consider because the imminent enforcement of mandatory container weight verification, which is causing widespread fear of disruption among shippers and freight forwarders, according to a new customer survey by INTTRA, the ocean shipping e-marketplace.
Container width hugely influences the capacity of a container. Container capacity is often expressed in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU, or sometimes teu). A twenty-foot equivalent unit is a measure of containerized cargo capacity equal to one standard 20-foot (6.1 m) long container. This is an approximate measure, wherein the height of the box is not considered. For example, the 9 ft 6 in (2.9 m) tall high-cube, as well as 4-foot-3-inch (1.3 m) half-height 20-foot (6.1 m) containers are equally counted as one TEU. Similarly, extra long 45 ft (13.72 m) containers are commonly designated as two TEU, no different than standard 40 feet (12.19 m) long units. Two TEU are equivalent to one forty-foot equivalent unit (FEU).
In other words, container width decides the standardization of container type, which had global impact on world trade because it allowed manufacturers to load goods at the factories and ship directly to stores and warehouses without having to unload and transfer cargo along the way.
For international transportation business, any small factor will affect the result of their business. Container width is never a unnecessary part in this business. Therefor, when we talk about containers used in international production delivering, container width also should be noted.