Since the very first moment a human being learned to float on a piece of wood, the desire of reaching new lands has been present. We have developed ships and boats in order to satisfy our hunger for adventure and prosperity. Today, thousands of years after, we have managed to build a very complete, very complex science around ships that has taken us to all coasts of the world. Add some GPS, tracking, positioning and weather report technology to the mix, and you will have a ver strong and flowing worldwide network of maritime routes and successful journeys by sea.
International trade has been using the naval technology from its very beginning. Companies and individuals use maritime services to connect all ports in the world, and even all inland destinations thanks to the extensive network of roads and railroads that cover the planet. There are virtually no places on the surface of Earth outside the reach of international trade and transportation.
Many problems arised when people tried to conquer the sea. However, when there's a wish, there's a way. New solutions were implemented and new discoveries made in order to take the shipping activity to the next level, once and again. The development of containers has made maritime transportation - and all long distance transportation of goods in general - much easier and cheaper, with a higher rate of success. For as simple as these giant metal boxes might look, the technology and fine tuning behind their design has been improved decade after decade, and is still evolving towards absolute perfection.
Many people who move overseas choose to ship their belongings to their destination. Some people won't even cross waters, but find it practical to have their goods shipped around the coast. The main reason behind this is price. Many places can be accessed through water, with no need of an existing road or railroad, and maritime transportation is much cheaper than air freight - as well as much slower. As international removals are usually ver complex and very expensive processes, with many fees involved, most people will want to cut down costs even if it means to spend a few days or weeks without their furniture and personal items. Besides the cost of shipping their things, they will have to considerate import fees, transport container handling services and even professional packing, without which not all companies will provide insurance.
The main advantage of containers, for removals as well as for other purposes, is that there is no need for loading and unloading at every stage of the journey. You can seal a container in Brighton and the next time you open it, it's in Sidney. Containers are designed to fit many vehicles and storage spaces, so they are compatible with all major forms of transportation. They can be carried around in trucks or trains, loaded on ships, and piled up in ports with little effort. They are very practical and save lots of costs, so they have become by far the preferred way to ship goods around the world.
Every year, a huge volume of goods is shipped for commercial purposes. Globalization has allowed products from one country to be consumed in any other country of the world, and this is only possible then there is a global infrastructure for transportation. Ships have been crossing the waters for centuries, thus establishing the first long distance trade routes. The introduction of the container in the modern era has revolutionized this international trade, increasing the volumes of goods shipped as well as the success of the shipment, while bringing down costs.
Containers have been designed to meet all needs for transportation, which is important because some goods require special conditions in order to arrive to their destination with their value conserved. This is the case of fragile objects and perishable products such as food and flowers. The development of refrigeration systems in containers took much more time and effort than people imagine. Now there is a worldwide chain of cold that allows products to stay refrigerated for long periods of time as they are transported from one place to another. Not so long ago, it wasn't uncommon to open a container after a long journey and find out that all products were rotten or, on the contrary, stone cold frozen and thus ruined. Plenty of money and commercial opportunities were lost, so there was very intense research on how to perfect these containers. Now, they are so strong and weatherproof that spare containers are used to make houses.
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