The International Standards Organization (ISO) is attempting to develop standards for containers larger than the current 12.19 m x 2.44 m x 2.90 m "high cube" box. In the meantime, there has been a proliferation of non-ISO boxes, including the new 14.63 m x 2.59 m x (up to) 2.9 m box used in North America. This study looks at the impact of these larger containers on Canadian railways; truckers and terminal operators at the three larger container ports on Canadian railways; truckers and terminal operators at the three major container ports; and on the highway system. If the most likely scenario is a container with the same maximum weight as the current 12.19 m container (30.48 tonnes), with a width of 2.6 metres (the same as highway trailers), with an increased length to the range of 14.63 to 14.94 meters, and with lifting points compatible with current ISO containers, then the transportation industry will have little difficulty adjusting. Over the longer term, shippers and ultimately consumers will benefit if a new, larger cube box reduces transportation costs. Both major Canadian railways are already acquiring equipment that can accommodate any of the future containers being considered by ISO. The one regulatory problem that may be encountered is that some provinces limit semitrailer lengths to 14.65 meters. However, through one of several mechanisms, most provinces and territories will be able to accommodate new ISO containers in the range of 14.63 to 14.94 meters.

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    Canadian Institute of Guided Ground Transport

    Queen's University
    Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Nix, F P
  • Publication Date: 1990-1

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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  • Accession Number: 00494881
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Canadian Institute of Guided Ground Transport
  • ISBN: 0 88911 081 6
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 89-15, D1450-164
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1990 12:00AM