53' shipping containers are one of the rarer containers in the United States, and nearly impossible to find anywhere else in the world. They're predominantly used for domestic shipping on trucks and trains around North America.
In November of 2007, APL was working with several clients, including Toys R' Us and New Balance, to develop the 53' x 102” unit. The main goal of the project was to increase efficiencies between China and Los Angeles. However, due to structural weaknesses and economic short comings the oversized containers were dropped in 2013 due to the lack of exports matching up with where the containers were returned. APL and other lines using the size returned to trans-loading their cargo from 20's and 40's into the 53' domestic size.
Uses of a 53' Container
53' containers were supposed to make a great improvement over then current logistical issues. Large retailers across the US bought into the idea hope to address three core issues:
Today, there are still many 53' containers in use domestically in the United States. Cargo is still trans-loaded, or transferred from smaller containers into the larger units and distributed throughout the country via trains and trucks.
53' units are a very large container, larger than you might initially expect and taller and wider than traditional equipment. Along with the extra 13' in length, they are 102” (8'6” wide), and 9”6' tall, making them a high cube. The tare weight, container only, is 10,750 lbs.
|53' Shipping Container||53'||8'5" (102")||9'6"||11,110 lb||3,830 Cu Ft|
|40' High Cube Container||40'||8'||9'6"||9,260 lb||2693 Cu Ft|
|40' Standard Container||40'||8'||8'6"||8,820 lb||2386 Cu Ft|
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