Heartland shippers feel 20-foot box squeeze

For many American agricultural product and machinery exporters, the standard 20-foot ocean container is the right size for their shipments. However, depending on where the cargo is located in the U.S., this equipment is becoming increasingly difficult to come by.

“There is a simple reason our members who ship both refrigerated and dry cargoes from all parts of the U.S. prefer 20-footers,” said Peter Friedmann, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Agriculture Transportation Coalition. “They can carry more cargo than the 40-footers.”

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