New Articles

How Containerization Supercharged Global Trade

Containers

How Containerization Supercharged Global Trade

The Illinois Soybean Association created a series of infographics demonstrating the ways in which containers are used efficiently and create opportunities for many industries. Many aren’t aware of the numerous ways in which shipping containers made transportation easier, thereby supercharging global trade.

The first container shipped from Newark to Houston in April 1956. This set off an era of tremendous efficiency in global shipping of goods and created a standardized unit that could be carried by any truck, train or container ship. Containers today carry anything from bananas to electronics to soybeans. Some ships can carry an astonishing 11,000 containers that are 20ft long.

Currently, container shipping underpins that global economy is moving $4 trillion of goods every year. Read more at https://www.ilsoy.org/.