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A storage container is a type of storage box used to load heavy equipment and dry goods for storage purposes. Made out of steel, it is usually 20 or 40 feet (about 6 or 12 meters) long and approximately 8 feet (2.3 meters) high, with a pair of doors at one end and a wooden floor. This type of container has been proven to be one of the most inexpensive ways of acquiring additional storage space.

The shipping container is said to be the brainchild of Malcom McLean. McLean invented it in order to replace the break bulk method, the method of shipping and handling dry goods circa 1930. Today containers are used throughout the world.

There are several types of containers available, each built to serve specific needs. The Basic unit is the most popular type, made with four walls and two doors.

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