Container shipping

Container shipping is different from conventional shipping because it uses 'containers' of various standard sizes. The two most important, and most commonly used sizes today, are the 20-foot and 40-foot lengths. The 20-foot container is mostly use by Triferto to load, transport, and unload fertilizers all over the world. Triferto takes care of a proper loading. An important procedure to guarantee the safety and stability of the containers and the ships, trucks and trains that transport the containers. 

This is how it works

Step 1: 

An overseas customer ordered 24 tons NPK fertilizer. The operators of Triferto Ghent are taking care of the production of this fertilizer. 

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Step 2:
A trucking company arrives an Triferto Ghent to load the 20 ft. container, destination Harbour Antwerp. Triferto closes the container, which is bolted shut and fitted with a high security seal. The container will not be opened again until it arrives at the distribution warehouse in the destination country. In the meantime the Export Sales team works with a freight forwarder to arrange the transport from the harbour of Antwerp for the shipment of the NPK fertilizer.

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Step 3:
The freight forwarder has contracted with a container shipping line, which must submit documentation about the shipment to government authorities in the exporting and importing countries. This manifest that includes information such as exact contents, the exporter, the importer and who is transporting the cargo.

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Step 4:
Now loaded onto a container ship, the container with fertilizer is bound for a discharge port on another continent somewhere in the world.

Step 5:
A few days before the ship is scheduled to arrive at the destination port, the captain of the vessel provides a report to the government of the destination country that contains information about the ship, its crew and its cargo.

Step 6
Having received proper clearance to arrive at the port, the container vessel docks at a berth adjacent to large cranes that wil be used to unload the containers of cargo.

Step 7
Customs officials, armed with careful evaluation of each container’s documentation, may select specific containers for further inspection.


Step 8
Once cleared by customs, workers load the container onto a special truck trailer chassis. Now the container of fertilisers can be trucked to the distribution centre. 


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