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Can you put a car inside a shipping container?

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. Exploring the Size and Dimensions of Standard Shipping Containers
  2. Verifying the Suitability of Different Car Models for Container Shipping
  3. Preparation Steps for Secure Car Placement within a Shipping Container
Can you put a car inside a shipping container?

Yes, it is entirely feasible to place cars inside shipping containers for transport. This method is frequently utilized for international shipping or when additional protection for the vehicle is necessary during transportation. Shipping containers provide a secure and enclosed environment, safeguarding the vehicle against external elements and potential transit-related damages.

Placing a car inside a shipping container for transportation is a common practice, especially in scenarios requiring international shipping or enhanced protection for the vehicle. These containers offer a safe and enclosed space, ensuring the car remains secure and undamaged throughout its journey. Whether for personal vehicles, classic cars, or luxury models, shipping containers are a reliable and efficient means of transport.

Exploring the Size and Dimensions of Standard Shipping Containers

Shipping containers typically measure 20 or 40 feet. Shipping industry terminology calls them TEU and FEU. A 20-foot container has an internal volume of 1,169 cubic feet and measures 20 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 8.6 feet tall. The 40-foot container is twice as long but the same width and height and holds 2,385 cubic feet.

Preparation Steps For Secure Car Placement

These dimensions fit most cars comfortably for transport—the size of the car and the number of cars to transport determine container size. SUVs, pickup trucks, and multiple cars may need a 40-foot container, but a compact car can fit in a 20-foot container. Please check the dimensions of each car model to ensure compatibility with the container size.

Verifying the Suitability of Different Car Models for Container Shipping

One must consider the car's make and model when shipping it via container. The global standard dimensions of shipping containers make not all cars suitable for this mode of transportation. Shipping containers typically measure 8 feet wide by 8.6 feet high and 20 or 40 feet long. Compact cars, sedans, and small SUVs fit well within these dimensions.

However, larger vehicles like full-size trucks, SUVs, and mid-size commercial vehicles may need help with shipping container dimensions. Thus, a car's container shipping suitability depends on its size. Such situations may require modification or a high-cube or open-top shipping container. This variation in size specifications makes it more important to evaluate a car model carefully for container shipping.

Preparation Steps for Secure Car Placement within a Shipping Container

Examining a vehicle for shipping container safety is the first step. Checking tire pressure, fluid levels, and car battery charge are essential. Emptying the fuel tank reduces weight and fire risks. Transporting loose objects in the car can damage the interior. Protecting car registration, license, and shipping papers is crucial.

Vehicle placement inside the shipping container is also important. To avoid shipping surprises, chock the tires. Wheel straps and braces fastened to the container's securing points improve safety. Engage the parking brake for stability. Check the vehicle and goods container for structural stability throughout shipping to ensure safe delivery.

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Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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