Shipping containers, the foundation of modern world trade, have a couple of disadvantages. One, they’re easy to bust into so thieves can take your cargo. Worse they can plant contraband inside. The side doors on containers are all too easy to break open and security devices defeated. Then there’s a structural problem—to make doors open as wide as possible to handle cargo, container manufacturers may end up weakening the structural integrity of the box. Is there a better way?
Lid removal with simple spreader
A company in Oregon called Cakeboxx has created a new breed of containers that operates just like its name. Your cargo sits on a standard-sized container box floor, giving you easy access from all sides. Then when you’re ready to ship the top and sides drop down onto the floor and seals along the bottom. According to Cakeboxx the “no-doors” system prevents unauthorized access, especially when the contains are stacked four and five high on a ship or quayside. And as far as slipping contraband in, smugglers would have cut an easily detected hole in the side of the container—and that’s not easy with corrugated steel. The boxes can be easily shifted with forklift equipment and follow all other container-box standards. Finally, customs officers will love it because when the lid and sides come off, inspections are swift and thorough—no rummaging about in a cramped, dark interior.