Glossary of Terms – Container Shipping

Container Freight

When container shipping domestically and internationally via rail or sea, you will likely encounter some or all of these terms.

Bureau International des Containers (BIC)

The international organisation that maintains the official registry of alpha container prefixes used to identify containers.

Carrier Owned Container (COC)

A container owned or leased by a shipping line. Businesses using COC pay to rent the empty container for the shipping line.

Shipper Owned Container (SOC)

A container owned or leased by a shipper. Businesses with SOC’s pay to transport the container and all relevant storage fees.

Forty-foot Equivalent (FEU)

Forty foot container. Standard interior dimensions are 1201 cm long x 235 cm wide x 238 cm high. Tare weight 3,800kgs Max Gross Weight is 30,480kgs

Twenty-foot Equivalent (FEU)

Twenty foot container. Standard interior dimensions are 588 cm long x 235 cm wide x 238 cm high. Tare weight 2,150kgs Max Gross Weight is 24,000kgs.

Maximum Gross Weight – The maximum permitted weight of the container and the container contents.

Tare Weight – The weight of the empty container.

Maximum Payload – The maximum weight of the contents of the container only.

Side Loader – a heavy vehicle with a crane that is designed specifically to pick-up and deliver containers.

side loader trailer
Side Loader Trailer

Skel Trailer – a heavy vehicle trailer with designed specifically to transport containers.