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Giving Thanks for Shipping Containers!

16.11.2018 - Posted by Updated On 16.11.2018    

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, it's important to remember how so many of our foods and household items are transported to us in 20', 40' and 40' high cube shipping containers. They may be used in domestic transportation to and from a farm, or overseas production facilities that move the items to our distribution centers and shops. Regardless, shipping containers play a key role in moving nearly everything that you touch and many things that you eat around the country, and around the world.

To put things into perspective, the staff at ContainerAuction.com has taken a few Thanksgiving staples and calculated how many of them could be loaded into a 20', 40', and 40' high cube shipping container. It's interesting to note how with some of the larger items, take for example the jack-o-lantern pumpkin, the extra 1ft in a 40' high cube doesn't make a huge different in the units loaded; while a lot more cranberries can be loaded into the box.
A few notes on the calculations:
orange shipping container
  • Many food products are moved in refrigerated containers, for the sake of this exercise the average internal dimensions of try containers were used for the calculations.
  • These are just average sizes, nothing overly scientific in the calculations.
  • No packing is assumed. Many of the average sizes were pulled from the Amazon shipping measurements.

 

20' (1158 ft3)

40' (2346 ft3)

40' High Cube (2548 ft3)

Average Frozen Turkey (15lb)

1,920

3,960

4,290

Pumpkin Pies

9,620

19,240

20,800

Lantern Pumpkins

665

1,365

1,365

Potatoes (pre-mashing)

53,940

109,740

116,820

Pecan Pies

33,852

19,240

20,800

Cranberries

16,016,832

32,444,352

35,235,264

Footballs (American)

4,725

9,675

10,320

ContainerAuction.com can't provide you with the logistics, or the items inside of the containers, our marketplace can help to provide you with the shipping containers to move them. Just contact our sellers through any of the active listings and ask about the specific container, or if they can help to move the container to the location where you need it.
Final note: Before the math is criticized, we require full proof. This means you physically load the items inside of a container and send is pictures, with an exact count (that includes the cranberries).

The corporate office of ContainerAuction.com will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd and operation on part time hours on Friday, November 23rd. Email will be monitored during these periods.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!



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