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Definition: Container


Special box to carry freight, strengthened and stackable and allowing horizontal or vertical transfers. A more formal technical definition of a container is:

Article of transport equipment which is:

a) Of a permanent character and accordingly strong enough to be suitable for repeated use

b) Specially designed to facilitate the carriage of goods, by one or more mode of transport, without intermediate reloading

c) Fitted with devices permitting its ready handling, particularly its transfer from one mode of transport to another

d) So designed as to be easy to fill and empty

e) Stackable and

f) Having an internal volume of 1 m³ or more.
International Transport Forum, Eurostat, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), "Illustrated Glossary for Transport Statistics", 4th Edition, Luxembourg 2009