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AS, A-Level, IB
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Last updated 3 Feb 2023

In this short topic video we look at the scale of containerisation in the world economy and the significance of containerisation for global trade in goods.



  • Containerisation is a system of freight transport for use in sea shipping that has reduced the transport costs of moving thousands of different goods across the globe.
  • Containers have standardised dimensions.
  • Containerisation has been a catalyst for globalisation.
  • A container can be handled anywhere in the world and ships, port equipment etc. adjusts to handling them with optimum efficiency and with big economies of scale
  • Manufacturers can optimise their packaging to fit into a container and thus lower the unit cost of transportation
  • By lowering the costs of trade containerisation has encouraged specialisation and the expansion of global supply chains.

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