Have you ever been curious about how international trade works? About the intricate systems that deliver everything from shoes and computers to auto parts and frozen seafood inside cargo shipping containers?
The following special web feature, Cargo Movement: In Focus, shows how cargo containers are used to transport goods through a complex global supply chain.
In today's global economy, the effort involved in transporting goods between manufacturers, retailers and consumers across the planet is remarkable in its scale and sophistication. The enormous quantities and economic value of cargo being transported through seaports, such as the Port of Long Beach, demands a flexible, efficient and well-organized supply chain.
Today's system is made possible through the use of metal cargo containers, which revolutionized the maritime industry soon after they were introduced in the late 1950s. Cargo containers act as individual storage units that can be switched quickly between ships, trucks and trains. Cargo containers hold just about any consumer item -- shoes, computers, auto parts or frozen seafood.
Cargo Movement: In Focus shows the movement of cargo containers as they are used to transport goods in the global supply chain:
- Overseas Container Transport illustrates the journey of a container from an overseas manufacturer, supplier or consolidation facility to the Port of Long Beach, including many of the steps involved in container cargo security.
- Import Cargo Containers shows how containers are unloaded from ships and moved by truck and train to various consumer and business destinations.
- Export Cargo Containers shows how containers bound for export are transported from domestic companies, manufacturers or produce growers to the Port.
- Empty Cargo Containers shows how empty containers move through the supply system to be filled with exports or shipped overseas to be refilled with goods bound for import.