The first metal shipping container was invented by Malcolm McLean in 1956.

95% of the world’s cargo moves by ship.

A standard 20ft container can hold around 3,500 shoe boxes, and a 40ft high cube can hold more than 8,000 shoe boxes.

Approximately 96% of all shipping containers are manufactured in China.

Approximately 675 shipping containers are lost at sea each year.

The busiest port in the world, Shanghai, handles more than 31 million shipping containers in one year.

If every container in the world was laid out in a line they would circle go round the world twice.

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